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The New International Encyclopædia/Auer, Leopold

AUER, Leopold (1845—). A violinist, born at Veszprim, Hungary, and educated at the Conservatory of Budapest and at Vienna. From 1863 to 1865 he was concert master at Düsseldorf, and from 1866 to 1868 he held the same position at Hamburg, under Stockhausen. Afterwards he became professor at the Conservatory of Saint Petersburg and violin soloist to the Russian court. In 1887, he became director of the symphonic concerts given by the Imperial Musical Society of Russia. He is considered one of the foremost violinists of the day, his playing being characterized by extraordinary technical skill, depth of conception, and remarkable beauty of tone. His concert tours have been very successful.