Erna Honigberger

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Erna Honigberger , née Erna Kroder (born October 28, 1894 in Brandholz , † February 14, 1974 in Wehr ), was a German violinist and teacher .


She received her first violin lessons from her father Karl Kroder in Bayreuth until she was 14 years old. She then studied at the Munich University of Music . At the age of 16 she passed the music teacher examination with distinction in violin and piano, and at 18 she completed the Absolutorium , the soloist diploma with distinction in violin and piano. She was the youngest participant to receive the highest award from the Munich University of Music, the Felix Mottl Prize. She then completed her studies in Berlin with the legendary violin teacher Carl Flesch .

At the age of 24 she was appointed lecturer in the master class for violin at the Klindworth-Scharwenka Conservatory in Berlin. Since the age of 15, she has performed very successfully as a soloist in orchestra concerts at home and abroad. She also had great success with the Honigberger String Quartet and the Berlin women's trio .

The loss of her apartment in Berlin and family ties led her to move to Wehr in Baden-Württemberg in 1943. Here, together with her husband, the painter Ernst Honigberger (1885–1974), she founded the Honigberger Art and Music School, which was later continued by her daughter Erda Selma Vorwerk-Honigberger (1917–2009).


In the 30 years up to her death she trained numerous violinists. Ulrike-Anima Mathé , Anne-Sophie Mutter and Werner Krotzinger were among her students .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Badische Zeitung, August 26, 2009