Emil Mollenhauer, musician. Member Booth’s Theatre Orchestra at age of 14; member Boston Symphony Orchestra 4 years.
Emil Mollenhauer was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 4, 1855, to Frederick Mollenhauer of Erfurt, Germany, who was himself a violinist.
Educated Russell’s Academy, New York.
He was a musical prodigy and was playing in the orchestra of Niblo's Garden in February 1864 before he was nine years old. He left New York City for Boston where he played at the Bijou Opera House. He played first violin in the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1884 to 1888.
He turned to conducting and led the Germania Orchestra for several years and then led several annual tours as head of the Boston Festival Orchestra, leading concerts with such notable soloists as Emma Calvé, Nellie Melba, and Eugène Ysaÿe. He became conductor of Boston's Handel and Haydn Society in 1899 and held that post until his death. Mollenhauer married Mary Laverty, a professional singer.
He died at his home in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 10, 1927. He was scheduled to conduct a concert the day following his death.
Member Booth’s Theatre Orchestra at age of 14. Member Boston Symphony Orchestra 4 years.