Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

School of Music


Jean Becker

b. Mannheim 11.5. 1833 d. Mannheim 10.10.1884

Teachers: Carl Becker (father), Aloys Kettenus (in Mannheim), Jean-Delphin Alard.

Family: Jeanne Becker (daughter) pianist; Hans Becker (son), violinist and violist; Hugo Becker (son), cellist.

Associates: Clara Schumann, Anton Rubinstein, Karl Davidoff, Meyerbeer, Charles Hallé, Arabella Goddard, Alfredo Piatti.

Professional appointments: Concertmaster, Nationaltheater, Mannheim (1855), Leader, Philharmonic Society, London (1860)

Founded Florentine Quartet in 1866 (full-time string quartet, under the patronage of Abramo Basevi, the founder of the Societá del Quartetto). Other members: Enrico Masi (violin 2), Luigi Chiostri (viola), and Friedrich Hilpert (cello). After 1875 the cellist was Louis Spitzer-Hegyesi.


Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Op 64 (C. F. Peters, c.1891)