NameWilhelmj; August Emil Daniel Ferdinand (1845-1908); German violinist, teacher
BiographyAugust Emil Daniel Ferdinand Wilhelmj (21 September 1845 in Usingen – 22 January 1908 in London) was a German violinist and teacher.
Wilhelmj was a child prodigy. When Henriette Sontag heard him in 1852, when he was seven, she said "You will be the German Paganini". In 1861, Franz Liszt heard him and sent him to Ferdinand David with a letter containing the words "Let me present you the future Paganini!".
He has become famous for his late nineteenth century arrangement of the second movement of J. S. Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 for violin and piano, known as Air on the G String.
From 1894 on he was a teacher for violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Among his pupils were the American violinist Nahan Franko, the multi-talented Canadian musician Donald Heins, and the Australian conductor Aylmer Buesst

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