NameDannreuther; Edward (1844-1905); German Pianist,writer
BiographyEdward Dannreuther (4 November 1844, Strasbourg – 12 February 1905, Hastings) was a German pianist and writer on music, resident from 1863 in England. In Dannreuther's youth his father had emigrated to Cincinnati in the US, and established a piano manufacturing business. Under pressure from his father to enter banking as a career, a prospect he found uncongenial, he escaped to Leipzig in 1859.

He trained as a musician at the Leipzig Conservatory, where he was a pupil of Ignaz Moscheles. He became a champion of Wagner, and founded the London Wagner Society in 1872. In 1863 he had been recruited by Henry Chorley to perform in London at the Crystal Palace concerts. His performances of Chopin and Beethoven were well received; after his marriage in 1871 he decided to settle permanently in England.

Dannreuther became a professor of piano at the Royal College of Music in 1895, a position he held until his death. An enthusiast for new music, he was an important influence on the composer Hubert Parry, who was his pupil. A memorial plaque on his former home at 12 Orme Square, Westminster, London was unveiled on 26 July 2005.

His son Hubert Edward Dannreuther was a British admiral and one of six survivors of the sinking of HMS Invincible.

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