François Prume

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François Prume.

François Hubert Prume (born June 3, 1816 in Stavelot ; † July 14, 1849 in Liège ) was a Belgian violinist and composer .


The son of an organist began learning to play the violin at the age of three, following his own wish. Prume made his first public appearance at the age of seven with a concert by Pierre Rode in Liège. At the age of eleven he received a scholarship that enabled him to study at the Royal Conservatory in Liège. Despite the politically uncertain time during the July Revolution of 1830 , the director of the Conservatory sent him to Paris to see François-Antoine habeneck . Upon his return, Prume became professor of violin at the Liège Conservatory at the age of just 17.

His students included Hubert Léonard , Joseph Dupont , Jacques Dupuis (1830–1870), his nephew Frantz Jehin-Prume (1839–1899), and Nicolas and Jean-Pierre Ysaÿe, uncle and father of Eugène Ysaÿe .

Already in 1839 he gave up teaching to devote himself to numerous concert tours that took him across Europe. He had joint appearances with Franz Liszt . Prume received the honorary title of "court virtuoso of the Duke of Gotha". At the age of only 33, Prume died of a "bad nerve fever". The historic festival and concert hall of the former abbey of his birthplace, Stavelot, was named after him.

Works (selection)

  • Mélancholie , op.1
  • Six grandes études , op.2
  • Concertino for violin and orchestra , op.4
  • Concerto Héroique op. 11
  • Le Petit Savoyard for violin and orchestra
  • 3 violin concerts
  • La Grande Polonaise

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