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
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
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