Hellmesberger, Josef (senior)

BORN 3 Nov 1828, Wien - DIED 24 Oct 1893, Wien
CAUSE OF DEATH pneumonia
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Hietzinger Friedhof, Maxingstraße 15, Hietzing (Gruppe 15, Nummer 4 D)

Josef Hellmesberger was the second son of the musician George Hellmesberger (1800-1873). His father took care of his musical education. When he was seventeen years old he started performing as a soloist. With his father and hs brother George he visited Germany and London. In 1849 he founded a string quartet and he was its first violinist until 1887. In 1850 he became the artistic director of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna including its conservatory.

He also worked as a musician and a conductor and in 1863 he was appointed first violinist of the imperial court orchestra. In 1877 he succeeded Herbeck as court conductor. He was forced to end his career as a musician in 1888 after a problem with his hand ended his ability to play the violin. In 1893 he died of pneumonia in Vienna.

• Wife: Anschütz, Rosa (1851-1893, Wien: Fürsterzbischöflichen Churkapelle zu St. Stephan)

Related persons
• performed with Schumann, Clara


The grave of Georg Hellmesberger at the Hietzing Friedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (26 Aug 2014)


Joseph Hellmesberger senior – Wikipedia

Helm, Brigitte

Published: 13 Sep 2021
Last update: 01 Apr 2022