Jacobsohn, Simon E(berhard)
- John C. Schmidt
(b Mitau, Kurland, Russia [now Jelgava, Latvia], Dec 24, 1839; d Chicago, IL, Oct 3, 1902). American violinist of Russian origin. He studied music at home and supported his family by playing for balls and parties. The Mitau organist R. Postel raised funds to support his studies, at age fifteen, with the concertmaster Weller at Riga, where he played in Weller’s quartet, and, when almost twenty years old, at the Leipzig Conservatory, with the concertmaster Ferdinand David. After a successful appearance as soloist on a Gewandhaus concert, he took a concert tour through western Russia, and in 1860 became concertmaster in Bremen. In 1872 Jacobsohn came to the United States to be concertmaster with Theodore Thomas’s orchestra (1872–8). He also joined the Mendelssohn Quintette Club in 1876, with which he played for two seasons. In 1878 he became violin professor at the Cincinnati College of Music and established a violin school there. He moved to the Chicago Musical College in ...