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HENRI MARTEAU VIOLINIST

Original Aimé Dupont photograph of the 20 year old violin virtuoso at the time of his Metropolitan Opera Sunday Concert debut, April 29, 1894.

The French violin virtuoso (1874-1934) was first a pupil of a certain Swiss violinist known as Herr Bunzl who had studied with Bernhard Molique.  He then went to study with Hubert Leonard making his stage debut under Hans Richter in London in 1888.  He entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1891 studying under Jules Garcin and winning a first in 1892.  He came to the United States late in 1893 touring as a concert violinist.  It was arranged for him to play at a Sunday Night Concert at the Metropolitan Opera on April 29, 1894.  During the first part of the concert, he played the Mendelssohn Concerto under Anton Siedl and was cheered and played an encore.  He was asked at that point to play a violin obligato whilst Emma Juch sung Gounod’s “Ave Maria”, he refused and left the building.  They had to make an embarrassing announcement after he walked, followed by hisses. He did not return to the United States until 1906, when he once again performed at the Metropolitan Opera Sunday Night Concerts….twice! (February 18, 1906 and again on March 4, 1906)  In 1907 he took over Joachim’s position at the Berlin Hochschule after his death.  But not one to miss controversy, he was expelled by the Germans during World War I as a French spy, he was not admitted to France as they accused him of being a German spy, so he moved to Sweden where he became a citizen in 1915!