- Albert Mell
(b Hamburg, June 19, 1810; d Klosters, Switzerland, July 18, 1873). German violinist, composer and teacher. His date of birth is given in many sources as 19 January, but 19 June is more probably correct. The son of a well-to-do business man, he and his pianist sister, Louise (1811–50), were both prodigies. He studied the violin with Spohr and theory with Moritz Hauptmann in Kassel from 1823 to 1825. During the next two years he and Louise played in Copenhagen, Leipzig, Dresden and Berlin. In correspondence with Mendelssohn in the summer of 1826, he discussed possible openings in Berlin at either the Royal or Königstadt theatres. While a violinist at the Königstadt (1826–9), he became friendly with Mendelssohn, often playing chamber music with him and Julius and Edward Rietz. After a six-year period (1829–35) as a quartet leader under the patronage of Karl von Liphart in Dorpat (Tartu, Estonia), he went to Leipzig in ...