- E. Douglas Bomberger
(b Boston, Jan 18, 1844; d Tropico, CA, June 11, 1903). American pianist and teacher. Petersilea studied with his father Franz, a pupil of Johann Nepomuk Hummel. He later attended the Leipzig Conservatory from 1862 to 1865, where he studied with Moscheles. He was selected on three occasions to play piano concertos in public performances in the Gewandhaus and earned the prestigious Helbig Prize at the conclusion of his studies. Upon his return to the U.S. he was active as a pianist, introducing unfamiliar works by Schumann and Beethoven to the Boston public. He founded and taught at the Petersilea Academy of Music in Boston from 1871 to 1886, then at the New England Conservatory from 1886 to 1892 before moving to California. In 1884 he took a group of students on an extended trip to Germany, where they visited Liszt in Weimar. His solo recital in Berlin on 10 April of that year earned accolades from the Berlin critics. In addition to a revision of his father’s five-volume piano method, Petersilea authored a number of books on spiritualism and the afterlife, including ...