Adolph and Anna Brodsky

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Adolph Brodsky was born in 1851 in Taganrog on the Sea of Azov. At the age of not quite five, he began to play the violin and later became a pupil of Hellmesberger at the Vienna Conservatoire. In 1880 he married Anna Skadowska in Sebastopol in the Crimea. The following year Brodsky became the first person to play the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, declared unplayable by Leopold Auer to whom the original dedication was made. From 1883 to 1891 Brodsky taught at the Leipzig Conservatoire and established the Brodsky Quartet. In October 1891 Adolph and Anna Brodsky sailed for New York . After a very strenuous three years as concertmaster and soloist with the New York Symphony Orchestra under Walter Damrosch, Brodsky decided to return to Europe.

When in Berlin, Adolph Brodsky received a letter from Sir Charles Hall inviting him to teach at the recently founded Royal Manchester College of Music and to lead the Hall Orchestra. Although Brodsky received offers of work from St. Petersburg, Berlin and Cologne and despite his wife's misgivings, Brodsky accepted the Manchester post. Within weeks of Brodsky's arrival in Manchester in 1895, Hall died and Brodsky took over as principal of the College, a position which he held until his death in 1929.

From the guide to the Papers of Adolph Brodsky, violinist and Principal of the Royal Manchester College of Music; 1862-1950s, 1862-1950s, (Royal Northern College of Music)

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associatedWith Dont Jakob 1815-1888 person
associatedWith Elgar Sir Edward William 1857-1934 1st Baronet Composer person
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associatedWith Grieg Edvard Hagerup 1843-1907 person
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associatedWith Tchaikovsky Pyotr Il'yich 1840-1893 person
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