Below is a list of people – performers, scholars, relatives, reviewers, collectors etc – who have a deep interest in Ernst. I hope this list will help them contact one another and also allow members of the public to contact anyone who might be able to answer a question or further some research programme. If you would like to apply to be added to this list, please contact the editor on firstname.lastname@example.org; the same applies if you wish to make any additions or corrections.
Martin Anderson founded Toccata Classics and Toccata Press, both of which are devoted to increasing public knowledge and enjoyment of neglected works by great composers and great works by neglected composers. Amongst many recent releases, Toccata Classics has recently issued the fourth (of seven) CDs in their complete Ernst series, and the first volume in Sherban Lupu’s series, The Unknown Enescu. Toccata Press is about to release the fist volume of Lupu’s edition of Ernst’s sheet music – the Two Nocturnes op.8.
Kinga Bisits, who lives in Sydney, is the great, great, great granddaughter, of Ernst’s younger brother Moritz (1814-1879) and his wife, the soprano Josephine Kayser (1820-1873). She is also the great, great, granddaughter of Ernst’s nephew, the tenor, also called Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1846-1919) [See the entry ‘Ernst’s Living Descendants’ in the Notes and News section of this website.]
Peter Bloom, is Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities at Smith College Massachusetts. He has published on Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, and Claude Debussy, but he is best known for his books, editions, and essays on the life and work of Hector Berlioz. He is author of The Life of Berlioz (Cambridge University Press) and editor of five collections of essays on Berlioz and his era. Bloom is currently at work on a new supplementary volume of the Correspondance générale d’Hector Berlioz (Flammarion), and a new critical edition of the Mémoires d’Hector Berlioz.
David Cairns was chief music critic of The Sunday Times from 1983 to 1992, having earlier been music critic and arts editor of The Spectator. He is probably best known in Ernst circles for his two-volume biography of Berlioz: Berlioz: The Making of an Artist 1803–1832 and Berlioz: Servitude and Greatness 1832-1869 both of which won a number of major awards.
Václav Dvořák, has been professor of violin at the Prague Conservatoire and the Janáček Academy of Music in Brno, and is the leader of the Dolezal Quartet. He has a special interest in Czech music in general and Ernst in particular: with the Dolezal Quartet he gave the first broadcast of Ernst’s Bb string Quartet on Czech radio in 2007, and the violin and piano CD he released in the same year contains the world premiere recordings of Ernst’s Nocturne in A op.8, no.1, and his Bolero op.16.
Pascale Ernst is a Parisian lawyer and descendant of the French musicologist Alfred Ernst (1860-98), who was once thought to be the violinist’s son. In fact, he isn’t, but he is still a most interesting figure in his own right, and important in the reception of both Berlioz and Wagner in late C19th France. Pascale, however, is highly interested in the violinist’s career, and recently discovered two important pieces of information: the place and date of Ernst’s wife’s death. For more details, see the Notes and News and Questions sections of this website.
Richard Evans is a strings player and writer on music whose published work has appeared in Classic Record Collector, International Record Review, Music Teacher, The Strad and the The Times (London). His particular interests include Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Henryk Szeryng, Christian Ferras, Ruggiero Ricci, Beethoven, Brahms and the virtuoso violin repertoire.
Jonathan Frohnen is a Californian violinist, music collector, and enthusiast for the Romantic virtuoso violin. He acts as a consultant to Naxos, Toccata Classics, and other record labels, and has one of the largest private collections of C19th violin music in America.
Regine Gerhardt is a Hamburg-based Art Historian working on the artists Vilhelm Melbye, Fritz Melbye and Anton Melbye, the last of whom was befriended by Ernst.
Joseph Gold is a concert violinist, musical historian and author. He has been interested in Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst since childhood. In fact, his connection with Ernst is direct. Gold’s good friend, Mario Frosali (the famous violin maker) knew Mme. Ernst in the early years of the 20th Century in the city of Nice (France). Frosali spoke of Mme. Ernst often. The famous photo of Ernst with his violin in playing position was given to Frosali by Mme. Ernst, who autographed it. Frosali, in turn, gave the photo to Joseph Gold. The “sea green” violin case of the immortal H.W.Ernst is in the collection of Mr. Gold. [See the Notes and News section of this website.]
Peter Grosz is a Chicago-based film-maker who has profiled, amongst others, Condoleezza Rice, Eduard Shevardnadze and William Daley. Currently, he is particularly interested in filming documentaries which aid the plight of the disadvantaged and disabled, and in making a film about Ernst – an interest which speaks to his own Czech background.
Czech cultural exchange program, at www.milkwoodinternational.org
Ian Hobson, Swanlund professor of Music at the University of Illinois, is internationally known as a piano soloist, conductor, chamber musician and jury member. He has recorded widely – including the complete works of Chopin – and specializes in new music and neglected areas of the Romantic repertoire. Along with Sherban Lupu, he is recording the complete works of Ernst where he appears as both pianist and conductor.
Andrew Homzy is a classically trained tubaist, composer, scholar and educator who taught Jazz Studies at Concordia University from 1971 to 2010; he is now Professor Emeritus. His two daughters have become accomplished violinists and through their studies, he became interested in researching violinists and their repertoire finding parallels in the struggles and accomplishments common to violinists of the 19th century and jazz musicians of the 20th. Arguably, Andrew has the largest private collection in Canada of C19th books and sheet music relating to violinists and their repertoire.
Christine Hoppe is a research assistant at the Department of Musicology in Göttingen, and in 2012 she received her Ph.D on the topic Der Schatten Paganinis. Virtuosität in Kompositionen von Violinvirtuosen am Beispiel Heinrich Wilhelm Ernsts (1814 – 1865) [Paganini’s shadow: Virtuosity in the compositions of Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1814 – 1865)]. She has given several talks about Ernst at musicological conferences, and her thesis is scheduled for publication with Olms-Verlag Hildesheim.
Mai Kawabata is a musicologist and professional violinist currently working at the University of East Anglia UK. Her main research interests are: violin virtuosity, the history of musical performance, music and narrative, the cultural history of instruments, and subjectivity in performance. Her book – Paganini, the ‘Demonic’ Virtuoso – was published by Boydell & Brewer in 2013. She has also published articles on the image of violin virtuosi as symbols of military power, on the quality of narration projected by the violin in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Shekherazade and on the viola’s ‘anti-virtuosic’ role in Berlioz’s Harold in Italy.
Christian Liedtke, studied philosophy and literature in Germany and the USA, and is archivist at the Heinrich-Heine-Institut, Düsseldorf which holds a number of important autographs by and related to Ernst.
Sherban Lupu, Professor of Violin Emeritus at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, is much in demand as a soloist, jury member and chamber musician. He specializes in the music of Enescu and the virtuoso Romantic repertoire, and is currently recording all of Ernst’s music on 7 CDs for Toccata Classics, London. The first three volumes have received excellent reviews; the fourth has just been released; and the fifth recently recorded.
Hugh Macdonald is Alwis H. Blewett Professor Emeritus of Music at Washington University. He has been the general editor of Hector Berlioz: New Edition of the Complete Works since its inception in 1967 and has been particularly active in the revival of interest in Berlioz’s music. His two most recent books are Beethoven’s Century: Essays on Composers and Themes (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2008) and Music in 1853: The Biography of a Year (Woodbridge: the Boydell Press, 2012).
Jeremy Nicholas’s publications include four reference books on classical music, biographies of Godowsky and Chopin, a collection of light verse, an album of songs (Funny You Should Sing That), several works for brass band, and others for clarinet, organ and piano. He has been a regular contributor to BBC Music, Classic FM, International Record Review and Classic CD magazines and currently writes for Gramophone and International Piano. His solo performance of Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat was nominated for an Olivier Award. In 1996 he won a Sony Radio Gold Award for best arts programme.
Eric Pritchard, a pupil of Joseph Gingold and Ivan Galamian, is leader of the Ciompi String Quartet – who recently released the first commercial CD of Ernst’s Bb String Quartet op.26 on Toccata Classics – and a faculty member of the music department at Duke University, Washington.
Itzhak Rashkovsy, professor of violin at the Royal College of Music, London, is an internationally renowned Russian-Israeli violinist and pedagogue. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber music player in many countries; has given masterclasses in Europe, Israel, China, Japan and the United States; and been a juror at numerous international competitions – notably vice-chairman of the 12th Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Poland. His articles and editions of violin pieces have been published by The Strad magazine, and in 1998, in recognition of his outstanding services to music, he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music by the Prince of Wales.
Mark Rowe, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia UK, is the editor of this site, and the author of Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: Virtuoso Violinist (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008). His other books are Philosophy and Literature: A Book of Essays (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004), and Philip Larkin: Art and Self (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011); currently, he is working on a biography of the philosopher J.L.Austin for OUP. He writes as ‘M.W.Rowe’.
Ani Schnarch is a Romanian-Israeli-British violinist who has given recitals at many major concert venues (including the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall in London), and appeared with many leading orchestras (including the Israel Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, and Moscovia Chamber Orchestra). In addition to her busy concert schedule, she is professor of violin at the Royal College of Music, London; gives regular masterclasses in Europe, USA, Japan and Israel; and has been a juror on numerous international violin competitions.
Henriette Shattuck may be Ernst’s last living descendant in Europe. She writes as follows:
According to Pecka’s family tree, my great grand father Adolf was one of [the violinist’s] brothers. I was born in 1934 in Franzensbad where my parents (Maria and Adolf) had a hotel. In 1936 we returned to Brünn where my father’s family lived. My mother was not Jewish and from a fairly humble background and not liked by my father’s mother Olga. In 1939 my father, his mother and eldest brother Hans left for France. He returned in 1945 from England with the Czech Army. In 1948 we emigrated to Australia. [After that] I lived in England for 17 years, in London and Manchester, married twice, no children and have lived in Provence, France, for 36 years. I may be the last Ernst in Europe but one of my grandfather’s brothers Alfred went to the USA in 1905 and I have a couple of letters – so there must have been children.
Madame Shattuck has some interesting Ernst memorabilia, including a white china coffee cup with ‘Johann Ernst’ elegantly inscribed on it. This probably belonged to Ernst’s oldest half-brother Johann, who ran the family café in Brno after his father’s retirement, acted in a parental role with Heinrich, and was the recipient of some of the violinist’s most detailed and exuberant letters.
Egidius Streiff is a Swiss-born violinist and teacher who specializes in virtuoso and modern music and has recently made CDs of Hindemith’s Übungen für Geiger and Ysaÿe’s préludes. He has performed five of Ernst’s Polyphonic Studies in public and so far has recorded four of them. His next project is to make a CD of Salvatore Sciarrino’s Six Capricci with their ‘relevant counterpart’ by Nicolo Paganini.
Supradit Jongprasert: After graduating in Music – with special emphasis on violin performance – in Bangkok, Supradit furthered his studies at the Joseph-Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt, Austria. Moving to the University of Paderborn in Germany, he began to study Musicology, and, at the same time look private violin lessons with Lukas David. Supradit’s deep interest in the violin, its history and technique, led him to research into H.W.Ernst, whom he believes brought violin technique to its highest state of perfection. In 2015, he submitted his Bachelor of Music thesis ‘Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst’s Violin Compositions’; he is now studying for his Master’s degree, and plans to continue working on Ernst. email@example.com
Robert Waechter: Born in 1958, Robert grew up in Vienna, Austria, where studied the violin with Hertha Binder and Alfred Staar. In 1980, he became the concertmaster of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and then, in 1984, the concertmaster of the Nice Philharmonic/Opera. Despite living in France for over thirty years, the Viennese cultural imprint remains strong enough to prevent him developing a decent French accent. He has recently recorded a disc of Ernst’s Six Polyphonic Studies, and is also a composer, writing essentially for violin. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tobias Wilczkowski, a Swedish violinist and musicologist, has spent several years investigating Ernst and his techniques of polyphonic playing. Links to his is two theses on this topic – which do much to advance our knowledge of Ernst’s technical innovations – can be found in the Links section of this website.