Miska Hauser

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Miska (Michael) Hauser (* 1822 in Preßburg ; † December 8, 1887 in Vienna ) was an Austro-Hungarian violin virtuoso and composer .



Hauser's father, a well-known violinist and friend of Beethoven , awakened his son's passion for violin playing. Hauser received his first musical training in Pressburg from Josef Matalay . From 1835 he continued his violin lessons in Vienna with Joseph Böhm and Joseph Mayseder and studied composition with Conradin Kreutzer and Simon Sechter .

Concert tours

From 1839 onwards, Hauser undertook a large number of extensive concert tours through Germany , Scandinavia and Russia and acquired the reputation of an excellent violin virtuoso. In the summer of 1847 he returned to Pressburg to continue his composition studies. During this time, his Pressburg concerts with the pianist Anton Rubinstein were of particular importance. In 1850 he went to England and from there to the USA , where he made a number of major concert tours. In 1853 he toured California and South America , on September 15, 1854 he went to Australia , where he performed in all major cities.

Grave of Miska Hauser (with a different name and year of birth) in the Vienna Central Cemetery

On July 15, 1858, he returned to his native Vienna via India , Egypt and Malta, in order to give concerts in the largest cities of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy in the 1858/59 season .

From 1860 Hauser resumed his international tours, played at the court of the Turkish sultan in Constantinople and with great success at the Italian royal court, where he was appointed Knight of St. Mauritius and the Order of Lazarus by King Victor Emmanuel II .

Concerts in Paris and Berlin followed from 1861–1864, and in 1874 he gave his last public concert in Cologne .

Due to his effective technique and virtuosity, Hauser's appearance was one of the greatest musical events in Europe.

Miska Hauser found his final resting place in the old Israelite part of the Vienna Central Cemetery .

Writings and works

Hauser wrote several small-format violon compositions, the most popular of which were Songs Without Words for violin and Rhapsody hongroise for violin. The specialty of his works was the use of Hungarian rhythmic intonation peculiarities .

His impressions of his great American trip, first published as letters in the Ostdeutsche Post (Vienna), were later published by Hauser in book form:

From the traveling book of an Austrian virtuoso (Leipzig 1858/59, 2 volumes).


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