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(fl 1850–70). German violinist, conductor, and bandleader. Active in New York, he made his first known appearances in the 1849–50 chamber music series arranged by Theodore Eisfeld and presented by Saroni’s Musical Times. In 1851 he was invited to join Eisfeld’s new series of quartet soirées (alongside Charles Reyer, L. Eichorn, and Otto Dresel on piano) and remained with the ensemble until it folded in 1859. After four appearances as violin soloist with the New York Philharmonic Society in the early 1850s, Noll became a member of the orchestra and held the concertmaster chair for nearly two decades (1855–71). He served on their board of directors from 1856 to 1860. Noll also served as concertmaster of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and the Theodore Thomas Orchestra. He frequently appeared as assisting artist and occasionally conductor at concerts headlined by others, notably with Jenny Lind, Henriette Sontag, Camilla Urso, and Louis Moreau Gottschalk. In ...