CHARLES HAMBITZER (1878 or 1881—1918) was an American composer,
pianist and teacher. He is noted for having been a teacher of George
Charles Hambitzer was born into a musical family in Beloit, Wisconsin
. The year of his birth is variously given as either 1878 or 1881. His
great-grandfather was a violinist in the Russian royal court and his
father owned a music store in
Milwaukee . He studied with Julius
Albert Jahn and Hugo Kahn after which he played in the orchestra of
the Arthur Friend Stock Company. He taught piano, violin, and cello at
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music . In 1908, he moved to New York
City where he joined
Joseph Knecht 's orchestra at the Waldorf-Astoria
Hotel , usually appearing as piano soloist. During that time he lived
Upper West Side
Upper West Side of Manhattan where he wrote music and opened a
music school. Among his most notable pupils was
George Gershwin , who
became one of America's leading composers. In 1914, Hambitzer's wife
died of tuberculosis and four years later he died of the same disease.
Hambitzer was noted for his prodigious musical talent and feverish
compositional skill. He wrote many songs, and his work also included
orchestral tone poems and incidental music for plays by Shakespeare
and other playwrights.
* ^ A B Fairtile, Linda B. (2002). "
Charles Hambitzer Collection"
Library of Congress
Library of Congress . Retrieved March 17, 2017. This article
incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain .
* WorldCat Identities
* VIAF : 6818560
* LCCN : n2006031086
* ISNI : 0000 0000