Röntgen-Maier, Amanda

VIOLINIST, COMPOSER (SWEDEN)
BORN 20 Feb 1853, Landskrona, Scania - DIED 15 Jul 1894, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
BIRTH NAME Maier, Amanda Carolina Erica
CAUSE OF DEATH tuberculosis
GRAVE LOCATION Amsterdam, Noord-Holland: Zorgvlied, Amsteldijk (N-I-2)

Amanda Maier was born into a musical family. She received her first violin and piano lessons from her father Carl Edvard Maier, who came from Riedlingen in Württemberg. Her mother Ellsa Sjöbeck was Swedish. When she was sixteen she entered the Royal college of Music (Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien) in Stockholm to study violin, organ, piano, cello, composition and harmony. When she graduated in 1873 with excellent results she was the first woman to earn the title of Direcotor Music.

She went to Leipzig to continue her studies and studied composition under Carl Reinecke and violin under Engelbert Röntgen. She also studied under Ernst Friedrich Richter. During this time she wrote several musical pieces. She performed in Sweden and Germany. In 1875 he violin concerto was premiered with herself as the solist. In 1876 she was engagedto be married with the pianist Julius Röntgen, the son of her teacher Engelbert Röntgen. Between 1876 and 1880 she toured in Norway, Finland and Russia with her friends the soprano Louise Pyk and the pianist Augusta Kjellander.

In 1880 she married Röntgen. They settled in Amsterdam. This ended her public career, but she continued her work as a composer and with her husband she arranged musical performances of Rubinstein, Joachim and Brahms. In 1881 she and Julius had a son, Julius junior. After three miscarriages another son, Engelbert, was born in 1886. In 1887 she fell ill with tuberculosis. The couple stayed in Nice and Davos for her health. In 1891 she wrote her last important composition, the piano quartet in E minor. She died in her sleep in 1894 in Amsterdam.

Family
• Husband: Röntgen, Julius Engelbert (1880-1894, Landskrona, Scania)

Related persons
• was pupil to Reinecke, Carl

Images

The grave of Julius Röntgen and Amanda Röntgen-Maier at Zorgvlied, Amsterdam.
Picture by Androom (11 Jan 2020)

 

Sources
Discovering Composer Amanda Maier | In The Muse: Performing Arts Blog
Amanda Röntgen-Maier - Wikipedia


Roosevelt, Blanche

Published: 12 Jan 2020
Last update: 21 May 2021