Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

School of Music


Adolf Pollitzer

b. Budapest, 23.7.1832. d. London, 14.11.1900.

Teachers: Joseph Böhm (Vienna, before 1846); Alard (Paris, before 1851).

Associates: Mendelssohn (who heard him play his Violin Concerto), Balfe, Michael Costa, Henry Wylde (founder of London Academy of Music and Principal until his death in 1890. Also conductor of New Philharmonic Society).

Professional appointments: Leader at the Royal Italian Opera, Covent Garden, London (from 1851), leader at the New Philharmonic Society and the Royal Choral Society. Violin Professor, London Academy of Music (1867), Principal of LAM (1890).

Pupils: Elgar, Kate Chaplin.


  • Beethoven: Romances, Op 40 & 50 (Schott, 1893).
  • Bériot: Violin Concertos, Op 16, 32, 46, 55, 70, 76, 104 (Schott: Op 16 1893, the others, dates unknown).
  • Bériot: Duos for violin and piano, Op 52 and 105 (Schott, dates unknown).
  • Gounod: Duo for violin and piano (Schott, date unknown).
  • Wieniawski: Polonaise No 2 (Schott, 1893).
  • Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No 2, Op 22 (Schott, 1893).
  • Wieniawski: Two Mazurkas, Op 19 (Schott, date unknown).