Goldschmidt, Otto

BORN 21 Aug 1829, Hamburg - DIED 24 Feb 1907, London
BIRTH NAME Goldschmidt, Otto Moritz David
GRAVE LOCATION Great Malvern, Worcestershire: Cemetery, Madresfield Road (plot 3, grave number 1264)

Otto Goldsmith was the son of the liberal Jewish salesman Moritz David Goldsmith. His mother Johanna was a women's rights activist. His mother was a nexcellent singer, pianist, violinist and harpist and took care of a good musical education for her children.

From 1843 to 1846 he attended the Conservatory in Leipzig, where Von Bülow, Mendelssohn and Hauptmann were his teachers. he also received private lessons from Clara Schumann.

He married the very famous soprano Jenny Lind on 5 Feb 1852 and became a Protestant. they had three children and from 1858 onwards they lived in London, where they knew Charles Dickens.

In 1863 he published the "Chorale Book of England" together with William Sterndale Bennett. After he founded the Bach Choir in 1876 he was its leader until 1886. In 1887 Jenny Lind died and in 1891 he published her biography "Jenny Lind. Ihre Laufbahn als Künstlerin".

• Wife: Lind, Jenny (1852-1887)

Related persons
• was pupil to Bülow, Hans von
• wrote about Lind, Jenny
• was pupil to Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix
• was pupil to Schumann, Clara

29/5/1852Jenny Lind leaves New York for England. Her husband Otto Goldschmidt was with her. [Lind, Jenny]
23/7/1883Jenny Lind sings at a charity concert at the Royal Malvern Spa Hall. She had retired from singing in 1870. This occasion was a concert to the benefit of the Railway Servants' Widows and Orphans' fund. A large audience turned up and she was accompanied on serveral songs by her husband Otto. [Lind, Jenny]


The grave of Jenny Lind at the cemetery in Great Malvern.
Picture by Androom (15 Aug 2011)


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Published: 11 Nov 2017
Last update: 08 Mar 2022