Famous Composers Who Played a String Instrument

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Arcangelo Corelli

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Arcangelo Corelli. Public Domain Image from Wikimedia Commons

An image gallery of famous musicians and composers who played string instruments.

Arcangelo Corelli played the violin and he studied music in Bologna. His violin teacher was Bassani and Matteo Simonelli taught him about composition.

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    Anton Webern

    Anton Webern. Public Domain Image from Wikimedia Commons

    Aside from piano, Webern also played the cello. He later studied musicology at the University of Vienna. Arnold Schoenberg also became his teacher and influenced him immensely.

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    Arnold Schoenberg

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    Arnold Schoenberg. Photo by Florence Homolka from Wikimedia Commons

    He learned how to play the violin as a child and at 9 years old was already composing pieces for two violins.

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    Felix Mendelssohn

    Felix Mendelssohn painting by James Warren Childe. Public Domain Image from Wikimedia Commons

    Aside from being a piano virtuoso, Mendelssohn also played the violin. He composed his "Octet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20" when he was just 16 years old.

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    Antonio Vivaldi

    Antonio Vivaldi. Public Domain Image from Wikimedia Commons

    Vivaldi learned to play the violin through his father and they even toured Venice together where he performed.

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    Franz Schubert

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    Franz Schubert. Public Domain Image from Wikimedia Commons

    His father taught him how to play the violin. He studied counterpoint, keyboard playing and singing under Michael Holzen.

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    Gioacchino Rossini

    Gioacchino Rossini
    Gioacchino Rossini. Public Domain Image from OperaGlass (Wikimedia Commons)

    Italian composer known for his comic operas. Aside from playing different musical instruments such as the harpsichord, horn and violin, when he was young Rossini also sang to earn extra money.

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