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Tollefsen, Carl H(enry)

Anne Minko

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print November 2013 |
Published online May 2016 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Hull, England, Aug 15, 1882; d Brooklyn, NY, Dec 10, 1963). Violinist and teacher of English birth. After moving to New York as a child, he studied violin with Leopold Lichtenberg, franz Kneisel , and Henry Schradieck, theory with percy Goetschius , and composition with rubin Goldmark . He married the pianist Augusta Schnabel (b Boise, ID, 5 Jan 1885; d Brooklyn, 9 April 1955) in 1907 and graduated from the Institute of Musical Art the following year. A violinist with the New York SO, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Scandinavian SO, he was best known as a member of the trio he formed with his wife and the cellist Paul Kéfer. The Tollefsen Trio made its formal debut on 24 March 1909 in New York with a program that included the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor, a work with which it was to become closely associated in concert appearances throughout the United States during the next 30 years. Tollefsen also founded the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society (...

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