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Joseph Böhm (Hungarian: Böhm József; 4 April 1795 – 28 March 1876) was a violinist and a director of the Vienna Conservatory.



Lithograph of Böhm by Joseph Kriehuber.

He was born in Pest, to a Jewish family.[1] He was taught by his father and by Pierre Rode. His brother Franz Böhm (1788–1846), the maternal grandfather of the mathematician Georg Cantor, was also a well-known violinist and soloist in the Russian empire.[2]

He made his Vienna debut in 1816, playing works by Rodolphe Kreutzer and Franz Weiss.

He afterwards toured Italy, Germany, and France.

On 1 June 1819 he was appointed to be a professor at the Vienna Conservatory, the first violin professor there. He was professor from 1819 to 1848. His many students included Jenő Hubay, Joseph Joachim, Eduard Reményi, Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, Jakob Dont, Georg Hellmesberger, Sr., Jakob Grün and Sigismund Bachrich.

He was quite involved in chamber music. In 1816, he arranged concerts dedicated to the string quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven and Joseph Haydn. He also collaborated with Carl Maria von Bocklet.

In 1821, he participated in a string quartet, consisting of fellow violinist Karl Holz, violist Franz Weiss, and cellist Joseph Linke.

He had a working relationship with Ludwig van Beethoven, being a member of the string quartet which premiered Beethoven's 12th String Quartet.

He died in Vienna.


  • Clive, Peter (1997). Schubert and His World: A Biographical Dictionary. Oxford University Press. pp. 17–18. ISBN 0-19-816582-X.


  1. ^ Modern Jews and their musical agendas, Ezra Mendelsohn, Oxford University Press, 1993, page 9
  2. ^ ru: The musical encyclopedia (Музыкальная энциклопедия)

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