Edouard Gregory Hesselberg

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Edouard Gregory Hesselberg (3 May 1870 – 12 June 1935) was a pianist and composer.[1]

Early life and family[edit]

Hesselberg was born in Riga, Russian empire (now Latvia), the son of Sarah (Davidoff) and Heinrich Hesselberg.[2] When he was three years old, the family moved to Oryol, where he studied at a classical gymnasium (1878-1886).

He was the father of actors Melvyn Douglas and George Douglas. The tradition of arts reaches even 'till his great-granddaughter Illeana Douglas (granddaughter of Melvyn Douglas).


Hesselberg did some of his training at the Moscow Philharmonic Society. He also studied with Anton Rubinstein. Hesselberg lived in France and Germany before he moved to the USA in 1892.[3]


Hesselberg composed more than 100 piano pieces and songs during his career. He also wrote A review of music in Canada for a 1913 addition to a set of volumes called, Modern Music and Musicians (New York, Toronto 1912.) That particular work of his remains a valued source for that period.

He died 12 June 1935 in Los Angeles, California, US.


  1. ^ http://uknowledge.uky.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1026&context=music_etds
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  3. ^ Helmut Kallmann. "Edouard Hesselberg". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 

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