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date: 17 November 2019

Bergner, Fredericlocked

  • Bethany Goldberg

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(b Donaueschingen, Germany, Feb 1, 1827; d New York, March 31, 1907). American cellist of German origin. He studied with C.L. Böhm and Johann Kalliwoda before immigrating to New York in 1849. Bergner joined the New York Philharmonic Society in 1853. He was the orchestra’s leading cellist for more than forty years, made frequent solo appearances at Society concerts, and served on the board of directors almost continuously from 1864 to his retirement in 1901. He was elected an honorary member of the Society in 1900. Bergner was also active in New York’s burgeoning chamber music scene in the 1850s and 1860s. He began playing with Theodore Eisfeld’s quartet during the fifth season (1855) of the Eisfeld soirées, and from 1861 to its disbandment in 1868 he played with the Mason-Thomas Quartet, taking the position formerly held by Carl Bergmann. Bergner’s reputation was such that he was often invited to perform alongside touring virtuosos, including Louis Moreau Gottschalk (...

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