Oluf Svendsen (1832-1888)
Born: Christiana, 19 April 1832.†† Died: London,
18 May 1888.
of a military bandmaster, Svendsen took lessons from his father at the age of
12 and two years later played first flute in the Christiana Theatre Orchestra.
He later studied with Niels Petersen in Copenhagen
and Matthieu Andrť Reichert at the Brussels Conservatory before coming to London in 1855 where he
played in Jullienís band at the Covent Garden Promenade Concerts.
following year he became principal at Crystal Palace (1855-1858) and later
played at the Royal Italian Opera (1862-1872), the Philharmonic Society
(1861-1885) and at Her Majestyís Theatre from 1867 onwards.
married John Clintonís daughter, a noted pianist and joined Queen Victoriaís private band
(1860), remaining until his death. He was also Professor at the Royal Academy
of Music for twenty years or so and was a fine orchestral player and soloist.
His best known pupil was A. P. Vivian (1855-1903) who inherited his masterís
characteristics and in turn became Professor at the Royal Academy
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