(b Berlin, 3 Oct. 1828; d Berlin, 23 Feb. 1897). German composer and pianist. The child of his mother's second marriage, he was the half-brother of Clara Schumann, who, with her husband, provided Woldemar with much support in his early career. After lessons with the theorist Siegfried Wilhelm Dehn, in 1846 he entered the Leipzig Conservatory, where he was taught by Gade, Hauptmann, Moscheles, and Rietz. From 1850 he himself taught privately in Leipzig to make ends meet. In 1859 Ferdinand Hiller appointed him teacher of piano and theory at the Cologne Conservatory, from where he went on to a position in Rotterdam. Joachim brought him to the Berlin Music Academy in 1874; his students there included Leopold Godowsky and Paul Juon.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.