Pleyel, Camille

BORN 18 Aug 1788, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin - DIED 4 May 1855, Paris
BIRTH NAME Pleyel, Joseph Étienne Camille
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 13, ligne 01, W, 20)

Camille Pleyel was the son of the composer and piano manufacturer Ignace Joseph Pleyel. Camille studied with Jan Dussek. In 1815 he became his father's partner and after his father died in 1831 he became the owner of the firm. In 1830 he had founded the concert hall Salle Pleyel and in 1838 he started another concert hall. Chopin gave his first concet in Paris at the Salle Pleyel in 1831. They became friends and in 1837 they travelled to London together. Chopin used his piano's and in 1838 Pleyel sent a piano to Mallora where Chopin was staying with George Sand.

In 1831 Pleyel married the pianist Marie Félicité Moke, who had previously broken her engagement with Hector Berlioz. In 1832 they had a son, Ignace Henri. But her infidelities led to a separation in 1836. After that Camille Pleyel started living with the young Emma Osborn (1817-1906) who became his second wife. Pleyel received the Légion d'Honneur. After his death in 1855 the company was taken over by his partner Auguste Wolff.

• Father: Pleyel, Ignace
• Wife: Pleyel-Moke, Marie Félicité (1831-1836) (divorce or separation)

Related persons
• was a friend of Chopin, Frédéric

10/7/1837Chopin arrives in London with Camille Pleyel. They left Paris on 9 July and took the ferry at Boulogne. They were in London for eleven days. Chopin insisted they went incognito so he could enjoy London as a tourist. They were accompanied by the poet Egbert Kozmian. They had a carriage and visited Windsor, Blackwell and Richmond. Chopin visited opera's and also a concert by Moscheles, but he remained incognito. He also saw and heard Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient in Beethoven's "Fidelio". Chopin accompanied Pleyel to a soirée at the home of the piano manufacturer J.S. Blackwood where he was introduced as Mr. Fritz from Paris. But he couldn't resist to play the piano and he was soon recognised. Chopin signed contracts with music publisher Wessel. He wouldn't return to Great Britain until 1848. [Chopin, Frédéric][Schröder-Devrient, Wilhelmine]


The grave of Camille Pleyel at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (02 Nov 2018)


The grave of Camille Pleyel at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (02 Nov 2018)


Camille Pleyel -

Pleyel, Ignace

Published: 19 May 2022
Last update: 19 May 2022