January 14, 2008
Ludwig Abel was born in Eckartsberga, Thuringia, Germany on January 14th 1835; he died at Neu-Pasing, near Munich, Germany on August 13th 1895. A pupil of Ferdinand David, he was a member of the Gewandhaus orchestra at Leipzig, the Weimar court orchestra (1853), leader of the court orchestra at Munich (1867), teacher in and (1878) Inspector of the Royal Music-School then managed by von Bulow. In 1880, Abel was appointed royal Professor, from which position he retired on pension in 1894. A violin-virtuoso of high rank, and an excellent orchestra conductor; he wrote a good Violin Method, as well as studies, variations, etc.