Jan Hambourg was born in Voronezh, Russia, the middle brother between the famous pianist Mark Hambourg (b. 1879) and the distinguished cellist Boris Hambourg (b. 1884), the sons of Michael Hambourg (pianist). Jan studied first in London with August Wilhelmj and Émile Sauret, then in Frankfort-am-Main with Hikeerman, in Prague with Otakar Ševčík and in Brussels with Eugène Ysaÿe, who also gave instruction to his brother Boris. Jan made his debut in Berlin in 1905. He died in Tours, France.
- A. Eaglefield-Hull, A Dictionary of Modern Music and Musicians (Dent, London 1924).
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