Ernesto Köhler


Born in Modena, Italy on 4th December 1849, Köhler was taught the flute by his father. He used an old style flute all of his life. In 1871 he arrived in St. Petersburg and became a member of the Imperial Theatre Orchestra. He taught at the Prince Oldenburg School and conducted students at the Imperial School of Communications and Engineering. Eventually he was honoured as Freeman of the City.

Köhler was a prolific composer and his opera, Achmed had a successful run (1893) in St. Petersburg. He worked in St. Petersburg until his death on 17th May 1907.












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