ON THIS DAY | Violinist & Pedagogue Willy Hess Born in 1859

A protege of Joseph Joachim, he served as former concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra

Willy Hess Birthday

German-born violinist and pedagogue Willy Hess was born on this day in 1859.

Hess held teaching positions at Harvard University and the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik. His notable students included Georg Kulenkampff, Henri Temianka, Tossy Spivakovsky and Arthur Fiedler.

He also played — and frequently performed — on the viola.