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Julius Epstein (1832-1926).

  • Profession: Pianist, teacher.
  • Residences: Vienna.
  • Relation to Mahler: Mahlers teacher at the Vienna Conservatory.
  • Correspondence with Mahler: Yes.
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  • Born: 07-08-1832 Zagreb, Agram, Croatia.
  • Died: 02-03-1926 Vienna, Austria. Aged 93.
  • Buried: Central cemetery, New Jewish cemetery, Vienna, Austria. Grave 3-4-2.

Studied in Vienna from 1850 and soon became an interpreter of the classical works (especially Mozart). 1867-1901 was Epstein Professor at the Vienna Conservatory. His students include Ignaz Brüll, Franz Schalk and Gustav Mahler.

Address: He lived in 1862 in the Figarohaus, Schulerstraße 8 / Domgasse 5, Vienna where Brahms visited him (to whose circle he belonged).

Address: He lived in 1926 in III. Oelzeltgasse 10, Vienna, Austria.

Julius Epstein (1832-1926) business card.

Julius Epstein was a Croatian Jewish pianist. Epstein was born in Zagreb, Croatia. He was married to Amalija (née Mautner) Epstein with whom he had a son Richard, notable Zagreb pianist and music pedagogue. Epstein was a pupil at Agram of the choir-director Vatroslav Lichtenegger, and in Vienna of Johann Rufinatscha (composition) and Anton Halm (pianoforte). He made his début in 1852, and soon became one of the most popular pianists and teachers in Vienna. 

Standing: 1. Ignaz Brüll, 2. Anton Door, 3. Josef Gänsbacher, 4. Julius Epstein (1832-1926) (Brüll's piano teacher) and 5. Robert Hausmann.

Sitting: 1. Gustav Walter, 2. Eduard Hanslick (1825-1904) and 3. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).

From 1867 to 1901, Epstein was a professor of piano at the Vienna Conservatory, where Ignaz Brüll, Marcella Sembrich (1858-1935), Mathilde Kralik, Gustav Mahler, Benito Bersa and Richard Robert were among his pupils. 

Epstein edited Beethoven's piano sonatas, Mendelssohn's "Sämmtliche Clavierwerke" and Schubert's "Kritisch Durchgesehene Gesammtausgabe", among others. He died, aged 93, in Vienna. His two daughters Rudolfine Epstein (cellist) and Eugénie Epstein (violinist) went on a very successful concert tour through Germany and Austria during the 1876 - 1877 season.

His son Richard Epstein (1869-1919) was also a professor of piano at the Vienna Conservatorium. Epstein was a good friend of Ferdo Livadić and mentor of Gustav Mahler. In 1846 Epstein founded, together with his brothers Jakov (Jacques) and Vatroslav (Ignaz), the benefactor society "Društvo čovječnosti" Zagreb (Humanity society) which aided poor and needy across the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia and Kingdom of Dalmatia.

Joseph Hellmesberger Sr. (1828-1893) presents score Karl Goldmark (1830-1915), arranged by Julius Epstein (1832-1926).

His two daughters Rudolfine (cellist) and Eugénie (violinist) made a concerttour through Germany and Austria during the season of 1876-1877, which was very successful.

His son Richard Epstein (1869-1919)is professor of piano at the Vienna Conservatorium.

Julius Epstein (1832-1926), grave Central cemetery.

Obituary 05-03-1926 Vienna (Mar. 4), Jewish Telegraphic Agency:

Professor Julius Epstein, well known Austrian Jewish pianist and teacher, for 34 years head of the Vienna Conservatory, died here yesterday at the age of ninety-four. Julius Epstein was a native of Agram, Austria. He studied music with Lichtenegger. piano with Anton Halm and composition with Johann Rifinatscha. Among his pupils were Ignaz Brull, Marcella Sembrich. Mahler, Paolo Gallico and Ernst Kunwald. He was an editor of Breitkopf and Hartel’s edition of Schubert’s works. He also edited Beethoven’s works and the Anthologie Classique. His son. Richard Epstein, is a well known pianist and teacher.