|ORGANIST, MUSICAL DIRECTOR (GERMANY)|
BORN 6 Nov 1800, Berlin: Poststraße 12, Mitte - DIED 10 Aug 1886, Berlin|
REAL NAME Hauptweg 1-1
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Friedrichswerderscher Friedhof II, Bergmannstrasse 42-44, Kreuzberg
Eduard Greel was the son of the August Wilhelm Grell (1769-1839), an advisor to the king. His father played the organ at the Parochialkirche in Berlin and was his first teacher. Further teachers were Karl Kaufmann and Karl Nikolaus Türrschmiedt. Another influance was his uncle, the tenor Otto Grell.
He was only sixteen years old when Johann Georg Gottlieb Lehman, the musical director of St. Nikolai, died. He succeeded him but he also continued his education.
He studied composition with C.F. Zelter and C.F. Rungenhagen and In 1839 he was engaged as organist at the Dom in Berlin. In 1853 he succeeded Rungenhagen as the director of the Sing-Akademie in Berlin. He left the management of the Sing-Akademie in 1876.
From 1841 until his death in 1886 he was a member of the musical section of the Prussian Academy of the Arts. He was buried at the Friedrichswerderschen Friedhof II in Berlin. From 1956 to 2014 his grave was a grave of honour of the city of Berlin.