|PIANIST, COMPOSER (FRANCE)|
BORN 19 Mar 1785, Paris - DIED 29 Oct 1853, Paris|
BIRTH NAME Zimmermann, Pierre Joseph Guillaume
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Auteuil Cimetière, Rue Claude Lorrain, Auteuil (division 09)
Pierre Zimermann was a the son of a piano maker. He studied piano with François-Adrien Boieldieu at the Conservatory in Paris and harmony with Charles Simon Catel. In 1800 he won a first prize for piano, beating Frédéric Kalkbrenner who came second. Zimmermann also studied composition under Cherubini.
In 1816 he was appointed professor of piano at the Conservatory. In 1821 Zimmermann he was asked to succeed André-Frédéric Eler as professor of counterpoint, but he chose to concentrate on teaching the the piano. He taught Antoine-François Marmontel, Georges Bizet, Louis Lacombe, César Franck and many others. No less than 62 of his students won a First Prize in piano.
Zimmermann organised musical evenings in which Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, Sigismund Thalberg, Charles-Auguste de Bériot, Henriette Sontag and others performed. He had four daughters and his pupil Charles Gounod became his son in law after Gounod married his daughter Anna (1829-1907). Zimmermann died in 1853 in Paris and was buried at the Auteuil cemetery. The medal on his tomb was created by his daughter Juliette Dubufe (1822-1855).
was teacher to Bizet, Georges
was pupil to Boieldieu, François-Adrien
was teacher to Chéri, Victor
was pupil to Cherubini, Luigi
was teacher to Franck, César
was teacher to Gounod, Charles
is father-in-law/mother-in-law of Gounod, Charles
was painted by Gros, Antoine-Jean