Ignaz Moscheles


German pianist, conductor and composer of Czech birth: in 1808 he moved to Vienna, where he could come closer personally and musically to Beethoven, while studying counterpoint with Albrechtsberger and composition with Salieri.

With his piano reduction of Beethoven's "Fidelio", he became one of Vienna's most popular pianist, and his career as virtuoso had begun; he became a favourite with other aspiring pianists (later including Schumann).

He was first heard in London, and was hailed as an equal and firend by M. Clementi and Cramer.

In 1824 Moscheles met Mendelssohn in Berlin, and gave him some finishing lessons on the piano.

He built up a circle of talented pupils, including Litolff and Thalberg; and he conducted the first London performance of Beethoven's "Missa solemnis" and very successfull performances of the Ninth Symphony.

Moscheles left London in 1846 to became principal professor of piano at the Leipzig Conservatory (founded by Mendelssohn) remaining there for the rest of his life.

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