Georges Mathias

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Georges Mathias
Georges Mathias
Born(1826-10-14)14 October 1826
Died14 October 1910(1910-10-14) (aged 84)
Paris, France

Georges Amédée Saint-Clair Mathias (French: [matjas]; 14 October 1826 – 14 October 1910) was a French composer, pianist and teacher. Alongside his teaching work, Georges Mathias was a very active concert pianist.


Grave of Mathias.

Mathias was born in Paris. He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris with François Bazin, Auguste Barbereau, Augustin Savard and Fromental Halévy. Privately, he studied composition with Friedrich Kalkbrenner and piano with Frédéric Chopin.[1][2]

After finishing his studies, he taught piano at the Conservatoire from 1862 to 1893.[3] Among his notable students were Teresa Carreño, Camille Chevillard, Paul Dukas, Camille Erlanger, James Huneker, Henri O'Kelly, Isidor Philipp, Raoul Pugno, Alfonso Rendano, Erik Satie, Eugénie Satie-Barnetche, Ernest Schelling, Ernesto Elorduy, José Tragó, and Alberto Williams.

Mathias and another Chopin's student Karol Mikuli had an important impact on passing his style on the next generations of musicians.[3] Besides teaching, he was also active as a concert pianist. On 14 March 1864, he was the principal pianist at the premiere of Gioachino Rossini's Petite messe solennelle.[4]

He was the recipient of the Legion of Honour in 1872.[5] He died in Paris in 1910, on his 84th birthday.


Georges Mathias

His compositions include overtures to Hamlet and Mazeppa, five morceaux symphoniques for piano and strings, two piano concertos, six piano trios, a symphony, Oeuvres choisies pour le piano, Études de genre, Études de style et de mécanisme, a collection of two and four-hand piano pieces, and transcriptions including the one of some scenes from Mozart's The Magic Flute.[2]


  1. ^ Baron, John H. (1998). Intimate Music: A History of the Idea of Chamber Music. Pendragon Press. p. 330. ISBN 1-57647-100-4.
  2. ^ a b "All about musicians: Mathias, Georges Amedee Saint Clair". Retrieved 2009-12-02.
  3. ^ a b Samson, Jim (1995). The Cambridge companion to Chopin. Cambridge Companions to Music. Cambridge University Press. p. 194. ISBN 0-521-47752-2.
  4. ^ Philip Gossett. "Rossini's Petite Messe solennelle and Its Several Versions". Archived from the original on 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
  5. ^ "Annuaires des titulaires de la Légion d'Honneur" (in French). Archived from the original on 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2009-12-02.

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