In his youth Tofte heard important violinists who made guest appearances in Copenhagen such as Miska Hauser , François Prume , Carl Moeser and Hubert Léonard . His first teachers were Carl Petersen , who was a member of Carl Lumbye's orchestra , and Julius Semler , who played in the Royal Copenhagen Chapel . In 1850 he became a member of the orchestra of the Musikforeningen, which was reorganized under Niels Wilhelm Gade . Gade sent him to Hanover with recommendations. There he became a student of almost the same age but already famous violinist Joseph Joachim .
After a stay with Louis Spohr in Kassel, Tofte returned to Denmark in 1856 and made his debut as a soloist at a concert of the Musikforeningen. From 1863 to 1893 he alternated with Christian Schiørring as principal violinist in the Royal Chapel. As a violin teacher he taught at the Copenhagen Conservatory of Music from 1867 to 1905 . He trained two generations of Danish violinists and violists here. His approximately 300 students included Anton Svendsen , Frederik Hilmer , Frida Schytte , Fini Henriques , Frederik Rung , Victor Bendix , Carl Nielsen and Georg Høeberg .
From 1881 Tofte was principal violinist in the orchestra of the Musikforeningen. At the same time he played the violin in the Neruda Quartet with Franz Xaver Neruda , Christian Schiørring and Vilhelm Holm . Above all as an interpreter of the works of Ludwig van Beethoven he was highly regarded.
- Den Storke Danske - Dansk Biografisk Leksikon - Vald. Tofte
- Gravsted - Lars Waldemar Tofte
- DBL Volume 24 , pp. 162-63
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Tofte, Lars Valdemar|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Danish violinist and music teacher|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 21, 1832|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Copenhagen|
|DATE OF DEATH||May 28, 1907|
|Place of death||Copenhagen|