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Joseph Joachim (1831-1907)

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Joseph Joachim  (1831-1907)
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The greatest, most uncompromising is Beethoven's. The one by Brahms vies with it in seriousness. The richest, the most seductive, was written by Max Bruch. But the most inward, the heart's jewel, is Mendelssohn's.

Joseph Joachim was a Hungarian violinist, conductor, composer and teacher who made an international career, based in Hanover and Berlin. A close collaborator of Johannes Brahms, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant violinists of the 19th century.

Joachim studied violin early, beginning in Buda at age five, then in Vienna and Leipzig. He made his debut in London in 1844, playing Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with Mendelssohn conducting. He returned to London many times throughout life. After years of teaching at the Leipzig Conservatory and playing as principal violinist of the Gewandhausorchester, he moved to Weimar in 1848, where Franz Liszt established cultural life. From 1852, Joachim served at the court of Hanover, playing principal violin in the opera and conducting concerts, with months of free time in summer for concert tours. In 1853, he was invited by Robert Schumann to the Lower Rhine Music Festival, where he met Clara Schumann and Brahms, with whom he performed for years to come. He married Amalie, an opera singer, in 1863, who gave up her career; the couple had six children.

Joachim quit service in Hanover in 1865, and the family moved to Berlin, where he was entrusted with founding and directing a new department at the Royal Conservatory, for performing music. He formed a string quartet, and kept performing chamber music on tours. His playing was recorded in 1903.



Joachim was born in Köpcsény, Moson County, Kingdom of Hungary present-day Kittsee in Burgenland, Austria. He was the seventh of eight children born to Julius, a wool merchant, and Fanny Joachim, who were of Hungarian-Jewish origin. 

Joachim's birth house in Kittsee

He spent his childhood as a member of the Kittsee Kehilla Jewish community, one of Hungary's prominent Siebengemeinden 'Seven Communities' under the protectorate of the Esterházy family. He was a first cousin of Fanny Wittgenstein, née Figdor, the mother of Karl Wittgenstein and the grandmother of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the pianist Paul Wittgenstein.

Early career

In 1833 his family moved to Pest, which in 1873 was united with Buda and Óbuda to form Budapest. There from 1836 age 5 he studied violin with the Polish violinist Stanisław Serwaczyński, the concertmaster of the opera in Pest, said to be the best violinist in Pest. Although Joachim's parents were "not particularly well off", they had been well advised to choose not just an "ordinary" violin teacher. Joachim's first public performance was 17 March 1839 when he was of age 7. Serwaczyński later moved back to Lublin, Poland, where he taught Wieniawski. In 1839, Joachim continued his studies at the Vienna Conservatory briefly with Miska Hauser and Georg Hellmesberger, Sr.; finally – and most significantly – with Joseph Böhm, who introduced him to the world of chamber music.

Joseph Joachim, by Philip Alexius de László, 1903

 In 1843 he was taken by his cousin, Fanny Figdor, who later married "a Leipzig merchant" named Wittgenstein, to live and study in Leipzig. In the journal Neue Zeitschrift fůr Musik Robert Schumann was highly enthusiastic about Felix Mendelssohn, on which Moser writes "Only in Haydn's admiration for Mozart does the history of music know a parallel case of such ungrudging veneration of one great artist for his equal." in 1835, Mendelssohn had become director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra. In 1843 Joachim became a protégé of Mendelssohn, who arranged for him to study theory and composition with Moritz Hauptmann and violin with Ferdinand David. In his début performance in the Gewandhaus Joachim played the Otello Fantasy by Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst.

London Philharmonic debut, Beethoven Violin Concerto

On 27 May 1844 Joachim, not quite 13, in his London debut with Mendelssohn conducting at a concert of the Philharmonic Society, played the solo part in Beethoven's Violin Concerto. This was a triumph in several respects, as described by R. W. Eshbach. The Philharmonic had a policy against performers so young, but an exception was made after auditions persuaded gatherings of distinguished musicians and music lovers that Joachim had mature capabilities. Despite Beethoven's recognition as one of the greatest composers, and the ranking nowadays of his violin concerto as among the greatest few, it was far from being so ranked before Joachim's performance. Ludwig Spohr had harshly criticized it, and after the London premiere by violinist Edward Eliason, a critic had said it "might have been written by any third or fourth rate composer." But Joachim was very well prepared to play Beethoven's concerto, having written his own cadenzas for it and memorized the piece. The audience anticipated great things, having got word from the rehearsal, and so, Mendelssohn wrote, "frenetic applause began" as soon as Joachim stepped in front of the orchestra.

Joseph Joachim's early years

 The beginning was applauded still more, and "cheers of the audience accompanied every ... part of the concerto." Reviewers also had high praise. One for 'The Musical World' wrote "The greatest violinists hold this concerto in awe ... Young Joachim ... attacked it with the vigour and determination of the most accomplished artist ... no master could have read it better," and the two cadenzas, written by Joachim, were "tremendous feats ... ingeniously composed". Another reviewer, for the 'Illustrated London News', wrote that Joachim "is perhaps the first violin player, not only of his age, but of his siècle" . "He performed Beethoven's solitary concerto, which we have heard all the great performers of the last twenty years attempt, and invariably fail in ... its performance was an eloquent vindication of the master-spirit who imagined it." A third reviewer, for the 'Morning Post', wrote that the concerto "has been generally regarded by violin-players as not a proper and effective development of the powers of their instrument" but that Joachim's performance "is beyond all praise, and defies all description" and "was altogether unprecedented." Joachim remained a favorite with the English public for the rest of his career. He visited England in each year 1858, 1859, 1862 largely at the behest of his friend William Sterndale Bennett, and for several decades thereafter.

Beethoven string quartets

Moser p. 28 ff. writes "After the appearance of the six String Quartets Op. 18 Beethoven had complete command of the field of chamber-music", although in the later quartets he "makes many exacting demands" of string players. Moser p. 29 further writes that "at the time of Beethoven's death", such people as Spohr and Hauptmann did not necessarily esteem the late quartets above the earliest ones. Moser, p. 30 writes that in Vienna "the public showed a marked hostility toward" the late quartets. But Joachim's teacher Böhm had an appreciation of the late quartets, which he communicated to Joachim. At the age of 18, "in the whole of Germany" Joachim had no equal, either in the rendering of Bach or in the concertos of Beethoven and Mendelssohn; while as quartet player, "he had no cause to fear rivalry."


Following Mendelssohn's death in 1847, Joachim stayed briefly in Leipzig, teaching at the Conservatorium and playing on the first desk of the Gewandhaus Orchestra with Ferdinand David, whom Mendelssohn had appointed as concertmaster on taking up the conductorship in 1835.

Weimar, Liszt; then Hanover

In 1848, the pianist and composer Franz Liszt took up residence in Weimar, where Goethe and Schiller had lived. Liszt was determined to re-establish the town's reputation as the Athens of Germany. There, he gathered a circle of young avant-garde disciples, vocally opposed to the conservatism of the Leipzig circle. Joachim was amongst the first of these. He served Liszt as concertmaster, and for several years enthusiastically embraced the new "psychological music," as he called it. In 1852 he moved to Hanover, at the same time dissociating himself from the musical ideals of the 'New German School' Liszt, Richard Wagner, Hector Berlioz, and their followers, as defined by journalist Franz Brendel. "The worship of Wagner's music permeating musical taste in Weimar was to Joachim inordinate and unacceptable." 

Joachim by John Singer Sargent, 1904

Joachim's break with Liszt became final in August 1857, when he wrote to his former mentor: "I am completely out of sympathy with your music; it contradicts everything which from early youth I have taken as mental nourishment from the spirit of our great masters." Hanover "was then an independent kingdom, later to be absorbed in the German empire." King Georg of Hanover was totally blind and very fond of music; he paid Joachim a good salary and gave him considerable freedom. Joachim's duties in Hanover included playing the main violin part in opera performances and that or conducting state concerts. He had five summer months off, in which he made concert tours around Europe. In March 1853 he sent to Liszt a copy of the Overture to Hamlet he had recently composed.

The Schumanns, Brahms; Berlin

Also in 1853, a committee headed by Schumann invited Joachim to the Lower Rhine Music Festival. At the Festival, Joachim again soloed in the Beethoven violin concerto. His success made him, it is said, "the most renowned artist of Germany". Robert Schumann and his wife Clara were deeply impressed, and formed a "close connection" with Joachim. Joachim met the then publicly unknown 20-year-old Brahms, and wrote of him that his playing "shows the intense fire...which predicts the artist" and "his compositions already betoken such power as I have seen in no other musician of his age". Joachim strongly recommended Brahms to Robert. Brahms was received by the Schumanns with great enthusiasm. After Robert's mental breakdown in 1854 and death in 1856, Joachim, Clara, and Brahms remained lifelong friends and shared musical views. Joachim's performing style with the violin, like Clara's at the piano, is said to have been "restrained, pure, antivirtuosic, expressing the music rather than the performer."

Joachim Quartet

In December 1854, Joachim visited Robert at the Endenich asylum where he had been since February, Joachim being his first visitor. Early on, Brahms already played and composed for the piano, which "he had mastered in a supreme fashion", but he felt deficient in orchestration. In 1854 he began composing what was to become his first piano concerto, his first orchestral piece. He sent a score of the first movement to Joachim, requesting his advice. After getting Joachim's response, Brahms wrote to him "A thousand thanks for having studied the first movement in such a sympathetic and careful manner. I have learned a great deal from your remarks. As a musician I really have no greater wish than to have more talent so that I can learn still more from such a friend." Later in the composition of the concerto, which took four years, Brahms wrote to Joachim "I am sending you the rondo once more. And just like the last time, I beg for some really severe criticism." The final manuscript of the concerto "shows many alterations in the handwriting of Joachim".

Joachim's time in Hanover was his most prolific period of composition. Then and during the rest of his career, he frequently performed with Clara Schumann. For example, in October–November 1857 they took a recital tour together to Dresden, Leipzig, and Munich. St. James's Hall, London, which opened in 1858, hosted a series of "Popular Concerts" of chamber music, of which programmes from 1867 through 1904 are preserved. Joachim appears a great many times. He visited London each year from 1866 on. In March 1898 and in 1901–1904 Joachim appeared in his own quartet of players, but otherwise far more often he appeared with resident Popular Concerts artists Louis Ries, second violin, J. B. Zerbini, first viola, and Alfredo Piatti, first cello, reputed to be "one of the most celebrated cellists" of the time. George Bernard Shaw wrote that the Popular Concerts had helped greatly to spread and enlighten musical taste in England. Joachim had been a mainstay of the chamber music Popular Concerts.

At 18 of the Popular Concerts at least, Clara Schumann performed along with Joachim, Zerbini and Piatti, presumably playing piano quartets without second violin, or sometimes piano trios for piano, violin, and cello. The programs of those concerts very likely also included string quartets in which she of course did not play, as Ries is also listed. A favorite piece of Clara's was Brahms's Piano Quartet in A major. She wrote to Brahms 27 February 1882 from London that the piece had received "much applause". About a performance of it in Liverpool 11 February she had written in her diary that it was "warmly received, much to my surprise as the public here is far less receptive than that in London." In January 1867 there had been a tour to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, by Joachim, Clara, her oldest daughter Marie, Ries, Zerbini, Piatti, two English sisters "Miss Pyne," one a singer, and a Mr. Saunders who managed all the arrangements. Marie Schumann wrote home from Manchester that in Edinburgh Clara "was received with tempestuous applause and had to give an encore, so had Joachim. Piatti, too, is always tremendously liked."

Joachim had extensive correspondence with both Clara and Brahms, as Brahms greatly valued Joachim's opinion of his new compositions. In 1860 Brahms and Joachim jointly wrote a manifesto against the "progressive" music of the 'New German' School, in reaction to the polemics of Brendel's Neue Zeitschrift für Musik. This manifesto, a volley in the War of the Romantics, had originally few four signers more later and met with a mixed reception, being heavily derided by followers of Wagner.

Joachim at age 53

On 10 May 1863 Joachim married the contralto Amalie Schneeweiss stage name: Amalie Weiss 1839–99. Amalie gave up her own promising career as an opera singer and gave birth to six children. She continued to perform in oratorios and to give lieder recitals. In 1865 Joachim quit the service of the King of Hanover in protest, when the Intendant artistic director of the Opera refused to advance one of the orchestral players Jakob Grün because of the latter's Jewish birth. In 1866, as a result of the Austro-Prussian war, in which Prussia and its capital Berlin became the dominant German state and city, Joachim moved to Berlin, where he was invited to help found, and to become the first director of, a new department of the Royal Academy of Music, concerned with musical performance and called the Hochschule für ausübende Tonkunst.

On Good Friday, 10 April 1868, Joachim and his wife joined their friend, Johannes Brahms, in the celebration of one of Brahms' greatest triumphs, the first complete performance of his German Requiem at the Bremen Cathedral. Amalie Joachim sang "I Know that My Redeemer Liveth" and Joseph Joachim played Robert Schumann's Abendlied. It was a glorious occasion, after which about 100 of the composer's friends, the Joachims, Clara Schumann, Albert Dietrich and his wife, Max Bruch and others gathered at the Bremen Rathskeller.

In 1869, the Joachim String Quartet was formed, which quickly gained a reputation as Europe's finest. It continued to perform until Joachim's death in 1907. Other members of the Quartet were, Karel Halíř 2nd violin from 1897 on; Emanuel Wirth viola from 1877 on; and Robert Hausmann cello, from 1879 on. In 1878 while writing his violin concerto, Brahms consulted Joachim, who "freely gave him encouragement and technical advice". Brahms asked Joachim to write the cadenza for the concerto, as he did.

In 1884, Joachim and his wife separated after he became convinced that she was having an affair with the publisher Fritz Simrock. Brahms, certain that Joachim's suspicions were groundless, wrote a sympathetic letter to Amalie, which she later produced as evidence in Joachim's divorce proceeding against her. This led to a cooling of Brahms' and Joachim's friendship, which was not restored until some years later, when Brahms composed the Double Concerto in A minor for violin and cello, Op. 102, 1887, as a peace offering to his old friend. It was co-dedicated to the first performers, Joachim and Robert Hausmann.

In late 1895 both Brahms and Joachim were present at the opening of the new Tonhalle at Zürich, Switzerland; Brahms conducted and Joachim was assistant conductor. But in April, two years later, Joachim was to lose forever this revered friend, as Johannes Brahms died at the age of 64 at Vienna. At Meiningen, in December 1899, it was Joachim who made the speech when a statue to Brahms was unveiled.

Honors and Jubilees

In March 1877, Joachim received an honorary Doctorate of Music from Cambridge University. For the occasion he presented his Overture in honor of Kleist, Op. 13. Near the 50th anniversary of Joachim's debut recital, he was honored by "friends and admirers in England" on 16 April 1889 who presented him with "an exceptionally fine" violin made in 1715 by Antonio Stradivari, called "Il Cremonese". About ten years later, for the sixtieth jubilee, a concert in honor of Joachim was given by his former students of violin and viola playing and cellists who had studied quartet playing with him, on 22 April 1899. The total of some 140 string players was impressive, as were their instruments made by Stradivari, Guarneri, Bergonzi, Amati, etc.. An honor such as that concert "had been accorded to no other musician during his lifetime".

During 1899, Joachim was invited to become president of the newly established Oxford & Cambridge Musical Club in London. He remained club president until his death. In Berlin, on 17 August 1903, Joachim recorded five sides for The Gramophone & Typewriter Ltd G&T, which remain a fascinating and valuable source of information about 19th-century styles of violin playing. He is the earliest violinist of distinction known to have recorded, only to be followed soon thereafter when Sarasate made some recordings the following year.

Joachim's portrait was twice painted by Philip de László. A portrait of Joachim was painted by John Singer Sargent and presented to him at the 1904 "Diamond Jubilee" celebration of his sixtieth anniversary of his first appearance in London. Joachim remained in Berlin until his death in 1907.

At his 75th birthday observance in June 1906, Joachim said: Bruch wrote three violin concertos. Joachim was presumably referring to his Concerto No. 1, which is the most well-known and frequently performed. Joachim had assisted Bruch in revising that concerto.


Among the most notable of Joachim's achievements were his revival of Beethoven's violin concerto already mentioned, the revival of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, BWV 1001–1006, especially the Chaconne from the Partita No. 2, BWV 1004, and of Beethoven's late string quartets. Joachim was the second violinist, after Ferdinand David, to play Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, which he studied with the composer. Joachim played a pivotal role in the career of Brahms, and remained a tireless advocate of Brahms's compositions through all the vicissitudes of their friendship. He conducted the English premiere of Brahms's Symphony No. 1 in C minor at Cambridge on 8 March 1877, on the same day that he received a D. Mus. degree there Brahms had declined an invitation to go to England himself.

A number of Joachim's composer colleagues, including Schumann, Brahms, Bruch, and Dvořák, composed concerti with Joachim in mind, many of which entered the standard repertory. Nevertheless, Joachim's solo repertoire remained relatively restricted. He never performed Schumann's Violin Concerto in D minor, which Schumann wrote especially for him, or Dvořák's Violin Concerto in A minor, although Dvořák had earnestly solicited his advice about the piece, dedicated it to him, and would have liked him to premiere it. The most unusual work written for Joachim was the F-A-E Sonata, a collaboration between Schumann, Brahms, and Albert Dietrich, based upon the initials of Joachim's motto, Frei aber Einsam which can be translated as "free but lonely", "free but alone", or "free but solitary". Although the sonata is rarely performed in its entirety, the third movement, the Scherzo in C minor, composed by Brahms, is still frequently played today.


Joachim's own compositions are less well known. He gave opus numbers to 14 compositions and composed about an equal number of pieces without opus numbers. Among his compositions are various works for the violin including three concerti and overtures to Shakespeare's Hamlet and Henry IV. He also wrote cadenzas for a number of other composers' concerti including the Beethoven and Brahms concerti. His most highly regarded composition is his Hungarian concerto Violin Concerto No 2 in D minor, Op. 11.

List of compositions

Fuller-Maitland, p. 56, lists the 14 pieces with opus numbers, not necessarily with the same details as below. On p. 57 he lists 6 of the 14 pieces given here as WoO, plus the orchestration of the Schubert Grand Duo and the Beethoven and Brahms concerto cadenzas.

Original compositions

  • Op. 1, Andantino and Allegro scherzoso, for violin and piano 1848: dedicated to Joseph Böhm
  • Op. 2, Drei Stücke 3 Pieces for violin or viola and piano, circa 1848–1852: Romanze, Fantasiestück, Eine Frühlingsfantasie; dedicated to Moritz Hauptmann
  • Op. 3, Violin Concerto in One Movement, in G minor 1851; dedicated to Franz Liszt
  • Op. 4, Hamlet Overture 1853; dedicated to Kapelle of Weimar
  • Op. 5, Three Pieces for Violin and Piano: Lindenrauschen, Abendglocken, Ballade; dedicated to Gisela von Arnim
  • Op. 6, Demetrius Overture 1853, to a play by Herman Friedrich Grimm; overture dedicated to Franz Liszt
  • Op. 7, Henry IV Overture 1854
  • Op. 8, Overture to a Comedy by Gozzi 1854; dedicated to Fritz Steinbach.
  • Op. 9, Hebräische Melodien, nach Eindrücken der Byron'schen Gesänge Hebrew Melodies, after Impressions of Byron's Songs for viola and piano 1854–1855
  • Op. 10, Variationen über ein eigenes Thema Variations on an Original Theme in E major for viola and piano 1854; dedicated to Hermann Grimm.
  • Op. 11, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor "in the Hungarian Manner" 1857, published in 1861; dedicated to Johannes Brahms. It is said that the solo violin part of the Hungarian Concerto is very difficult to play.
  • Op. 12, Notturno for Violin and Small Orchestra in A major 1858
  • WoO, Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major 1875
  • Op. 13, Elegiac Overture "In Memoriam Heinrich von Kleist" ca. 1877
  • Op. 14, Szene der Marfa from Friedrich Schiller's unfinished drama Demetrius ca. 1869
  • WoO Haidenröslein Lied for high voice and piano; pub. Verlag des Ungar, 1846.
  • WoO, Ich hab' im Traum geweinet for voice and piano, pub. Wigand, 1854.
  • WoO, Scene from Schiller's Demetrius 1878
  • WoO, Rain, rain and sun, Merlin's Song Tennyson, pub. C. Kegan & Co., 1880.
  • WoO, Melodrama zu einer Schillergedenkfeier unpublished, autograph in Hamburg Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek
  • WoO, Overture in C major Konzertouvertüre zum Geburtstag des Kaisers 1896
  • WoO, Two Marches for orchestra, in C and D
  • WoO, Andantino in A minor, for violin and orchestra also for violin and piano
  • WoO, Romance in B-flat major, for violin and piano
  • WoO, Romance in C major, for violin and piano; pub. C. F. Kahnt Nachfolge, Leipzig, 1894.
  • WoO, String Quartet Movement in C minor
  • WoO, Variationen über ein irisches Elfenlied for piano first publ. by J. Schuberth & Co. Hamburg, 1989. Edited by Michael Struck.
  • WoO, Variations for Violin and Orchestra in E minor ca. 1879; dedicated to Pablo Sarasate
  • WoO, Fantasie über ungarische Motive ca. 1850; premiered in Weimar under Franz Liszt in October 1850
  • WoO, Fantasie über irische Motive ca. 1852; premiered in London in May 1852

An orchestration

  • In 1855 Joachim orchestrated the Schubert Grand Duo piano duet into a "Symphony in C."


  • Beethoven, Concerto in D major, Op. 61
  • Brahms, Concerto in D major, Op. 77
  • Kreutzer, Concerto No. 19 in D minor
  • Mozart, Aria from Il re pastore, K. 208, Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216, Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218, and Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
  • Rode, Concerto No. 10 in B minor, and Concerto No. 11 in D major
  • Spohr, Concerto in A minor, Op. 47 Gesangsszene
  • Tartini, Sonata in G minor Devil's Trill
  • Viotti, Concerto No. 22 in A minor

Recordings of Joachim's compositions

  • Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 3 Suyoen Kim Violin, Michael Halász Conductor, Weimar Staatskapelle, Naxos: 8.570991
  • Suyoen Kim Violin, Michael Halász Conductor, Weimar Staatskapelle, Naxos: 8.570991
  • Violin Concerto No. 2 in d minor, Op. 11 "In the Hungarian Style": Rachel Barton Pine Violin, Carlos Kalmar Conductor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cedille Records: CDR 90000 068 liner notes Elmar Oliveira Violin, Leon Botstein Conductor, London Philharmonic Orchestra, IMP Masters #: MCD27 Aaron Rosand Violin, Louis de Froment Conductor, Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra, Vox Catalog #: CDX 5102
  • Rachel Barton Pine Violin, Carlos Kalmar Conductor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cedille Records: CDR 90000 068 liner notes
  • Elmar Oliveira Violin, Leon Botstein Conductor, London Philharmonic Orchestra, IMP Masters #: MCD27
  • Aaron Rosand Violin, Louis de Froment Conductor, Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra, Vox Catalog #: CDX 5102
  • Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major Takako Nishizaki Violin, Meir Minsky Conductor, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Marco Polo #: 8.223373, Naxos #: 8.554733
  • Takako Nishizaki Violin, Meir Minsky Conductor, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Marco Polo #: 8.223373, Naxos #: 8.554733
  • Hamlet Overture, Op. 4 Leon Botstein Conductor, London Philharmonic Orchestra, IMP Masters #: MCD27 Mariss Jansons Conductor, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Simax #: PSC 1206 Meir Minsky Conductor, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Naxos #: 8.554733
  • Leon Botstein Conductor, London Philharmonic Orchestra, IMP Masters #: MCD27
  • Mariss Jansons Conductor, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Simax #: PSC 1206
  • Meir Minsky Conductor, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Naxos #: 8.554733
  • Henry IV Overture, Op. 7 Leon Botstein Conductor, London Philharmonic Orchestra, IMP Masters #: MCD27
  • Leon Botstein Conductor, London Philharmonic Orchestra, IMP Masters #: MCD27
  • Elegische Ouvertüre, Op. 13 Meir Minsky Conductor, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Naxos #: 8.554733
  • Meir Minsky Conductor, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Naxos #: 8.554733
  • Andantino and Allegro scherzoso, Op. 1: Andantino Marat Bisengaliev Violin, John Lenehan Piano, Naxos #: 8.553026
  • Marat Bisengaliev Violin, John Lenehan Piano, Naxos #: 8.553026
  • Drei Stücke für Violine und Pianoforte, Op. 2 Florin Paul Violin, Birgitta Wollenweber Piano, Tacet #: 56
  • Florin Paul Violin, Birgitta Wollenweber Piano, Tacet #: 56
  • Drei Stücke für Violine und Pianoforte, Op. 5 Florin Paul Violin, Birgitta Wollenweber Piano, Tacet #: 56
  • Florin Paul Violin, Birgitta Wollenweber Piano, Tacet #: 56
  • Notturno in A major, Op. 12 Hans Maile Violin, Jesus Lopez-Cobos Conductor, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Schwann #: CD 11622
  • Hans Maile Violin, Jesus Lopez-Cobos Conductor, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Schwann #: CD 11622
  • Romance in B-flat major Marat Bisengaliev Violin, John Lenehan Piano, Naxos #: 8.553026 Aaron Rosand Violin, Hugh Sung Piano, Biddulph Recordings: LAW 003
  • Marat Bisengaliev Violin, John Lenehan Piano, Naxos #: 8.553026
  • Aaron Rosand Violin, Hugh Sung Piano, Biddulph Recordings: LAW 003
  • Romance in C major Florin Paul Violin, Birgitta Wollenweber Piano, Tacet #: 56
  • Florin Paul Violin, Birgitta Wollenweber Piano, Tacet #: 56
  • Hebrew melodies, Op. 9 Anna Barbara Dütschler Viola, Marc Pantillon Piano, Claves #: 9905
  • Anna Barbara Dütschler Viola, Marc Pantillon Piano, Claves #: 9905
  • Heinrich IV Overture, Op. 7 2 pianos, arr. Johannes Brahms Duo Egri-Pertis, Hungaroton #: 32003
  • Duo Egri-Pertis, Hungaroton #: 32003
  • Variations for Viola and Piano, Op. 10 Numerous recordings
  • Numerous recordings
  • Variations for Violin and Orchestra in e minor Vilmos Szabadi Violin, László Kovács Conductor, North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, Hungaroton #: 32185
  • Vilmos Szabadi Violin, László Kovács Conductor, North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, Hungaroton #: 32185
  • Variations for Violin and Piano in e minor Hagai Shaham Violin, Arnon Erez Piano, Hyperion #: CDA 67663
  • Hagai Shaham Violin, Arnon Erez Piano, Hyperion #: CDA 67663
  • String Quartet Movement Quartettsatz in c minor Israel String Quartet, Classic Talent #: B001HADEWI Joachim Quartet, Thorofon #: CTH 2120
  • Israel String Quartet, Classic Talent #: B001HADEWI
  • Joachim Quartet, Thorofon #: CTH 2120

Joachim's own discography

  • J. S. Bach: Partita for Violin No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: 7th movement, Tempo di Bourrée, Pearl Catalog: 9851 also on Testament 749677132323.
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dances 21 for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: No. 1 in G minor arr. Joachim, Opal Recordings also on Testament 749677132323.
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 2 in D minor arr. Joachim, Grammophon Catalogue #047905; HMV, D88.
  • Joachim: Romance in C major, Op. 20, Pearl Catalog: 9851

Original pressings are single-sided and have a flat red G&T label. Later reeditions have a black G&T label or, from 1909, a label showing the 'His Master's Voice' trade-mark, and those made for the German market are double-sided.

A letter preserved in the EMI archives records the stringent conditions Joachim expected for the publicity for his recordings: sensational adverts were to be avoided, with no comparisons between his art and that of other violinists. The letter also stated that "it was only with the greatest difficulty that Professor Joachim was induced to play".

Joachim's students

  • Leopold Auer, violinist and teacher; studied with Joachim in Hanover. Among his many outstanding students were Mischa Elman, Jascha Heifetz, and Nathan Milstein.
  • Dora Valesca Becker 1870-1958
  • Hugo Leichtentritt
  • Aylmer Buesst
  • Willy Burmester
  • Carl Courvoisier 1846–1908, author of Technics of Violin Playing on Joachim's Method, London: The Strad Library, No. I, 1894.
  • Bram Eldering 1865–1943, Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic under Hans von Bülow; Concertmaster of the Meininger Hofkapelle
  • Adila Fachiri, Joachim's great-niece
  • F. Fleischhauer born 1834, Hofconcertmeister in Meiningen
  • Sam Franko
  • Richard Gompertz born 1859, professor of violin at the Royal College of Music, London
  • Jakob Moritz Grũn, born in Pest, 1837; Joachim resigned a position to protest his non-advancement for being Jewish. Has an article in German Wikipedia.
  • Karel Carl Halíř 1859–1909, Bohemian violinist, member of the Joachim Quartet
  • Willy Hess
  • Gustav Hille
  • Richard Himmelstoß born 1843, Concertmaster in Breslau
  • Theodore Holland 1878–1947, British composer and teacher.
  • Gustav Holländer born 1855, solo violinist
  • Jenő Hubay, Hungarian violinist, composer
  • Bronisław Huberman
  • Karl Klingler, violinist of the Klingler Quartet and Joachim's successor at the Berlin Hochschule; Klingler was the teacher of Shinichi Suzuki.
  • Iosif Kotek 1855–1885, Russian violinist
  • Hans Letz, Concertmaster of the Theodore Thomas Orchestra
  • Bernhard Listemann, Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
  • Charles Martin Loeffler 1861–1935
  • Martin Marsick
  • Pietro Melani
  • Waldemar J. Meyer 1853–1940
  • Bernardo V. Moreira de Sá 1853–1924, Portuguese violinist and teacher; director of the "Conservatório de Música do Porto"; director and founder of the "Orpheon Portuense"; studied with Joachim in Berlin
  • Andreas Moser 1859–1925, violinist and assistant to Joachim; Moser wrote the first biography of Joachim, Moser 1901, on Joachim's life up through 1899. He helped recover original scores of J.S. Bach's Sonate e Partite per violino solo, and collaborated with Joachim on numerous editions.
  • Tivadar Nachéz 1859–1930
  • Henri Petri, Concertmaster in Leipzig
  • Lili Petschnikoff 1874-1957, American violinist
  • Maximilian Pilzer, Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic 1915–1917,
  • Enrico Polo 1868–1953, Italian violinist, violist, pedagogue
  • Maud Powell, American violinist
  • Willibald Richter 1860–1929, German-born English pianist, organist and teacher; student, friend and accompanist of Joachim; student of Haupt, Lebert, Liszt, Mischalek and Oscar; founded College of Music at Leicester
  • Camillo Ritter, teacher of leading violist William Primrose
  • Ossip Schnirlin ? – 1937
  • Emily Shinner
  • Axel Skovgaard
  • Maria Soldat-Röger
  • Theodore Spiering, American violinist; born in St. Louis, lived in Chicago; Concertmaster 1909–1911 of New York Philharmonic
  • Kemp Stillings 1888-1967, American violinist, music teacher
  • Franz von Vecsey, studied with Hubay, then Joachim; dedicatee of the Sibelius violin concerto
  • Alfred Wittenberg

Other pupils may be mentioned by Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski in his "Die Violine und Ihre Meister."

Joachim's instruments

Most, but not all, of the many violins and two violas Joachim is said to have had during his career are shown on the website of Tarisio Auctions, Further information, in German, is in the article by Kamlah 2013.

  • His first full-size violin was a Guarneri Filius Andreae 1703, which he gave to Felix Schumann after he acquired his first Stradivarius.
  • A violin, the ex-Joachim Stradivarius of 1715 is currently held by the Collezione Civica del Comune di Cremona. It was presented to Joachim on the occasion of his Jubilee celebration in 1889.
  • The Ex Joachim, Joseph Vieland Viola by Gasparo da Salò, Brescia, before 1609 is held by the Shrine to Music No. 3368.
  • A Johannes Theodorus Cuypers anno 1807 was bought by Joachim in the mid 19th century and taken on tour throughout Europe. There is also evidence that the instrument was played by Joachim in a recital in Paris a half century later, in 1895. The same instrument was also played by Fritz Kreisler in a 1955 Carnegie Hall concert.

Cultural references

The English poet Robert Bridges wrote a sonnet about Joachim in his first major work of poetry The Growth of Love.

More facts

Gender: Male
Best Known For: Joachim Quartet
Number of spouses: 1
First Marriage To: Amalie Joachim
Children: 6
Father’s Name: Julius Joachim
Father’s Occupation: Wool merchant
Mother’s Name: Fanny Joachim
Resident Of: Kingdom of Hungary
Citizen Of: Kingdom of Hungary
Worked at: Gewandhausorchester Opernhaus Hannover Joachim Quartet
Worked with: Robert Hausmann Emanuel Wirth Karel Halíř
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