b. Taganrog, Russia (Rostov oblast), 21st March, 1851. d. Manchester, 22nd January, 1929
Teacher: Josef Hellmesberger (1860-6)
- Tchaikovsky (gave first performance of Tchaikovsky Concerto in 1881, and was an early exponent of the Brahms Concerto),
- Grieg (first performance of his C minor Sonata with the composer as pianist),
- Ferdinand Laub,
- Hans Sitt,
- Carl Reinecke,
- Alexander Siloti,
- Eugen D'Albert,
- Hans Richter,
- Hans von Bülow,
- Walter Damrosch,
- Charles Hallé,
- Thomas Beecham,
- Hamilton Harty.
Biographer: E Zaltsberg: Great Russian Musicians (Oakville, Ontario, 2002).
See also: G. Thomason: 'The Brodsky Archives at the RNCM', Brio, 22/2 (1985),pp. 46-49.
Professional Appointments: Violinist in Imperial Opera Orchestra, Vienna (1868) Second Professor of violin, Moscow Conservatoire (1875) Professor of violin, Leipzig Conservatoire, (1882) Leader, Dmarosch Orchestra, New York (1892) Leader, Hallé Orchestra (1895-6) Violin Professor, Royal Manchester College of Music (1895) Principal, Royal Manchester College of Music (1896?-1929)
Chamber Ensembles: Second violin in Hellmesberger Quartet (1867) Brodsky Quartet, Leipzig (1882-92). Other members: Ottokar Novácek, then Hans Becker (second violin), Hans Sitt, Novacek (viola), Carl Schroeder, then Julius Klengel (cello) Brodsky Quartet, Manchester (1895-192?). Rawdon Briggs (vln. 2) (after 1920 John Briggs, then Alfred Barker), Simon Speelman (vla) (after 1920 Frank Park, then Helen Rawdon Briggs), Carl Fuchs (cello)apart from the period 1915-1925, when Walter Hatton was cellist.
Pupils: Arthur Catterall, John Lawson, Anton Maaskoff, Alfred Barker, Lena Kontorovich.
Beethoven: Sonatas for violin and piano (complete) (Schirmer, 1894).