Edward Dannreuther

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Edward Dannreuther (1844-1905)

German pianist and writer on music (b. 4 November 1844 in Strasbourg; d. 12 February 1905 in London), born Edward George Dannreuther.

Dannreuther trained at the Leipzig Conservatory, where he was a pupil of Ignaz Moscheles (1794–1870). In 1863 he moved to London, and subsequently became a naturalised British citizen. He was very prominent in musical circles, founding the London Wagner Society in 1872.

On 11 March 1876 [N.S.] he performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Crystal Palace in London, and wrote to the composer suggesting a series of alterations that were subsequently incorporated into the second edition (1879).

Dannreuther had previously also given the first performance in England of Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto, at a Crystal Palace concert in London on 18 April 1874 [N.S.].

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

One letter from Tchaikovsky to Edward Dannreuther has survived, dating from 1876, and is available in an English translation on this website:

Two letters from Dannreuther to Tchaikovsky, dating from 1890 and 1891, are preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.