Cellist bio: Friedrich von Mulert

Friedrich von Mulert (AKA Friedrich Vilgelmovich and Fedor Vasilievich Mulert (19 June 1859, Mitau, now Jelgava, Latvia - 1924, Kyiv, Ukraine) - cellist and teacher. In 1884 he graduated with a medical degree from the Yuryevsky University (now University of Tartu), and in 1886 graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory from the cello class of Karl Davydov. In the same year, he settled in Kyiv. He taught cellists Mark Yampolsky, Lev Berezovsky, Zinoviy Dynov, B. Sikora. He was the principal cellist in Kyiv, as well as in St. Petersburg. His first concert in St. Petersburg included Anton Rubinstein's Cello Concerto No. 1. Mulert's performing style was distinctly noble. Wrote 3 cello concertos, several short pieces, as well as etudes and exercises. Mulert's works were published by Bessel and Jurgenson, upon Tchaikovsky's recommendation.

(pictured to the right) Erdenko (Violin 1), Kaspin (Violin 2), Ryb (Viola), Mulert (Cello) - 1886

(Most of the information comes from the out-of-print Russian book by Lev Ginzburg (1965). History of the Art of the Violoncello. Vol.3.)                                                                         



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