Richard Hoffman (composer)
Early life and education
Richard Hoffman was born on 24 May 1831 in Manchester, England. He migrated to New York City in his 16th year. He received early instruction from Anton Rubinstein, Franz Liszt, Sigismond Thalberg, Theodor Döhler and Leopold von Meyer.
After his arrival in America he made a tour of the country as a soloist, and accompanied Jenny Lind on her tours beginning in 1850. He also played with Louis Moreau Gottschalk and in 1875 with Hans von Bülow in New York. He also appeared with the New York Philharmonic regularly.
He composed music for the piano, songs, anthems, ballads and church music and was also a teacher. He attained an international reputation for his performances. He wrote Some Musical Recollections of Fifty Years about his life, which was published in 1910.
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