Theodor Kullak

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Birthday
12, 1818
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Mar 1, 1882 (63)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
12, 1818
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Mar 1, 1882 (63)

About

Known for his 1848 musical piece Die Schule des Oktavenspiels. He educated future notables like Alfred Grünfeld and Nikolai Rubinstein.

Before Fame

He developed a knack for music while very young and attracted the patronage of nobles such as Prince Anton Radziwill, who heard him perform when he was only eight. He also impressed King Frederick William IV.

Trivia

He founded the Kullak Institute, later known as the Stern Conservatory, with Julius Stern and Adolf Bernhard Marx. He also founded the highly successful Neue Akademie der Tonkunst in 1851, where his son Franz trained.

Family Life

He scaled back his pursuit of music at age 19 to study medicine at his father's urging, but he continued taking lessons on the side.

Associated With

He was heavily influenced by Franz Liszt and Adolf von Henselt.