Hugo Heermann

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Hugo Heermann 1875

Hugo Heermann (3 March 1844 in Heilbronn – 6 November 1935 in Meran, Italy) was a German violinist. He studied the violin with Lambert Joseph Meerts at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels, and later with Joseph Joachim. From 1864 he lived in Frankfurt am Main, where he taught violin from 1878 to 1904 at the Hoch Conservatory. He played 1st violin with Hugo Becker, Fritz Bassermann and Adolf Rebner in the "Museums-Quartett" (also called the "Heermann-Quartett" and "Frankfurter Quartett"). Between 1906 and 1909 he taught at the Chicago Musical College, in 1911 at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin and 1912 at the Conservatoire de musique in Geneva. He served as concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for a period beginning in 1909; he was succeeded in that post by his son Emil.[1] He has the distinction of having been the first to have played Brahms' Violin Concerto in Paris, New York City and Australia. After his retirement in 1922 he lived mostly in Meran, Italy.


  1. ^ Madison Symphony Orchestra – Historical Pages Archived 2010-07-05 at the Wayback Machine., "Second Movement: A Tale of Two Maestros, 1947–1961" by Michael Allsen.


  • Charles Auguste de Bériots École transcendentale du violon. Hugo Heermann, Ed., 1896.
  • Heermann, Hugo: Meine Lebenserinnerungen. Leipzig: 1935


  • Cahn, Peter. Das Hoch'sche Konservatorium in Frankfurt am Main (1878–1978), Frankfurt am Main: Kramer, 1979.
  • Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, (Nicolas Slonimsky, Ed.) New York: G. Schirmer, 1958.