Ernesto Köhler

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Ernesto Köhler
Köhler, Ernesto.jpg
BornDecember 4, 1849
DiedMarch 17, 1907(1907-03-17) (aged 57)
OccupationFlautist, Composer

Ernesto Köhler (December 4, 1849 – March 17, 1907) was an Italian flautist and composer. He was considered one of the best flautists of his era.[1]

Born in Modena, Köhler was taught the flute by his father, Venceslau Joseph Köhler, who was the first flute of the Duke of Modena's orchestra.[1] He moved to Vienna in 1869 as a flautist, and then became a member of the orchestra of the Imperial Opera in Saint Petersburg beginning in 1871. He also led the orchestra of the Imperial Institute of Engineering and taught at the Prinz Oldenburg Institute.[2]

Noted as a composer for flute, Köhler wrote over 100 works for the instrument: études, duets, and solos. He also produced an opera and several ballets. He is well known among flute players for "Flöten-Schule" (c. 1880), his popular method for learning the flute, and for Progress in Flute Playing (his Opus 33, published in the 1880s), a series of three progressive instructional books for the flute player.

Cover of A New and Practical School for Mandolin (Новая практическая весьма понятная школа для мандолины) by Ernesto Köhler, with dual German-Russian entries. Version market to Germans was published c. 1887.[3]

Köhler also had ties to the mandolin using community; he is credited with writing an early mandolin method, Mandolinen Schule, self instructor for the mandolin, first published in 1887.[3] His mandolin method is thought to be the first mandolin method published in Russian.[4] His publisher was Julius Heinrich Zimmermann.

Picture of a younger Ernesto Köhler.

Ernesto Köhler died in Saint Petersburg on March 17, 1907.[1]


  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ Flute History
  3. ^ a b Reichenbach, Michael. "Ernesto Köhler -Mandolin school for self teaching". Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  4. ^ ""Новая практическая весьма понятная школа для мандолины"(translation: The new practice is quite clear school for mandoline)". МАНДОЛИНКА. Retrieved 1 July 2017. (translation:The oldest surviving in Russian teaching manual on mandolin... Ernesto Kohler, 19th century, publishing Zimmerman)


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