Christian Julius Fries (Wulf Fries)

January 10, 2008

Christian Julius Fries (nicknamed Wulf), was born in Garbeck, Holstein, Germany, on January 10th 1825. Self-taught violoncellist, he played in the Bergen orchestra from 1842, and at Ole Bull’s concerts. He went to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1847; in 1849 was founded [with August Fries (first violin), Gerloff (second violin), Eduard Lehmann (first viola, flute), Oscar Greiner (second viola), and Wulf Fries (‘cello)], the Mendelssohn Quintet Club, to which he belonged for 23 years; later he was a member of the Beethoven Quintet Club. Wulf Fries also figured in the Music Fund Society, and the Harvard Musical; played in trios with Rubinstein, and took part in frequent concerts all over the New England States, and gave many lessons, even into his 70s. As a thorough musician and fine concert-‘cellist, he had a highly beneficial influence on New England concert music.

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