Julius Schulhoff (Julius Šulhov) (August 22, 1825 – March 15, 1898) was a Bohemian pianist and composer of Jewish birth.
Schulhoff was born in
Prague, where he began studying piano with Kisch and Ignaz Amadeus Tedesco and also trained in music theory with Václav Tomášek. He made his debut at Dresden in 1842 and soon afterwards appeared at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Moving to Paris shortly afterwards, he met Frédéric Chopin, who encouraged him in his bid to become an established professional pianist. The concerts that Schulhoff gave at Chopin's suggestion were greeted with such acclaim that he embarked on a long tour through France and to London, continuing his travels through Spain (1851) and Russia (1853).
After this tour, he returned to Paris, where he devoted himself entirely to composition and teaching. He continued as a piano teacher when he settled in Dresden in 1870 and later moved to Berlin in 1897.
As a composer, Schulhoff was best known for his
virtuosic salon pieces for solo piano, which included a grand sonata in F minor, twelve études, and various caprices, impromptus, waltzes, and mazurkas.
Julius Schulhoff died in
Berlin in 1898, aged 72. He was the great-uncle of the 20th-century composer Erwin Schulhoff.
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This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901–1906.