Otto Moritz David Goldschmidt

GOLDSCHMIDT, Otto Moritz David. b. Hamburg, 21 Aug 1829; d. South Kensington, London, 24 Feb 1907. The son of Jewish parents of merchant class in Hamburg, he took his first music lessons there. On Mendelssohn*’s advice he studied at the Leipzig Conservatory (1843-6). There he became acquainted with Joseph Joachim and W. S. Rockstro* as fellow students. After a brief period back in Hamburg he moved to Paris in 1848 intending to study with Chopin but, with the outbreak of revolution, he left for London. There he met Jenny Lind, the Swedish soprano, and gave numerous performances as a solo pianist. In 1851 he joined Lind in New York towards the end of her long American tour and married her in...

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