Heinrich Soussman


Born in Berlin on 23rd January 1796, Soussman composed much music for the flute including a Grosse Praktische Flötenschule Op.53 (1839).


As a member of a German infantry regiment band he was wounded in the 1813-1814 campaigns against France but by 1816 he had a position as flautist in the Royal Chapel, Berlin.


In 1836 he settled in St. Petersburg and was appointed first flute at the Imperial Theatre, becoming Musical Director a few years later.


Glinka is reported to have said that, “Soussman was undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best player in Europe”.







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