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JAN HAMBOURG – VIOLINIST

Autographed Rotary postcard photograph of the Russian born, British and later Canadian violinist, 1908.

 Jan Hambourg (1882-1947) received his formative music training in Russia.  The Hambourg family left Russia in 1889 and arrived in Great Britain in 1890.  The violinist studied with some of the greats of his time, Emile Sauret and August Wilhelmj in London, Otakar Sevcik in Prague, Hugo Heermann in Frankfurt and Eugene Ysa˙e in Brussels.  He made his professional debut in 1905 in Berlin.  The same year, the Hambourg brothers Mark, Jan and Boris began touring Europe as The Hambourg Trio.  In 1907, Jan formed the Hambourg Quartet, with 2nd violinist  year later he formed a string quartet comprising the legendary violist Lionel Tertis, violinist Orry Corjeac and his brother Boris, cellist and toured South Africa.  They were invited back in 1908, Tertis had other commitments, so Eric Coates was added as cellist.  They toured other locations, their final concert was in Aeolian Hall in London in 1909.  The Trio only lasted a few years, as father Mikhail, Jan and Boris moved to Toronto in 1910 where they established the Hambourg Conservatory with Mikhail running the school, Boris running the cello department and Jan running the violin and viola departments.  When Mikhail suddenly passed away in 1915, Boris became the Director of the School.   Jan played solo concerts throughout Canada and America and he and Boris continued to play chamber music in duets, trios and quartets with various other performers.   Jan left Canada in 1920 with his American wife and moved to New York City, then London and then Paris, Sorrento from 1936-1939 and then back to Paris where he taught and continued to concertize and play chamber music, in particular in a trio with Jacques Thibaud and David Hochstein.   The brothers played as a trio for one final concert in Toronto in 1935 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  The work was the Beethoven triple concerto.  Hambourg moved back to London after his wife passed on and it became clear he could not survive in Paris under the Nazis’.  Jan Hambourg died suddenly in Tours, France in 1947 whilst on vacation.

The rarest autograph of the three main Hambourg brothers.