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violinist , conductor

Henri Verbrugghen, Belgian violinist, conductor.


Verbrugghen, Henri was born on August 1, 1873 in Brussels, Belgium. Son of Henri and Elisa (Derode) Verbrugghen.


Educated in Belgium; studied music at Brussels Consenatoire under Hubay and Ysaye (first prize with distinction).


Taken to England by Ysaye at 15. Played under Lamoureux, Sir George Henschel, Sir Frederic Cowen, Sir Henry J. Wood, etc. Conductor of Colwyn Bay Orchestra and Choir 3 years.

Succeeded Doctor Coward as conductor of Glasgow Choral Union. Chief of staff Athenæum School of Music, Glasgow, 10 years, also Royal College of Music, Dublin, 1 year. Founder and director New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia, 8 years.

Founder and conductor New South Wales State Orchestra, and select choir 7 years. Directed concerts in Brussels, Berlin, Munich, Petrograd, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, etc. Conductor Bach, Beethoven, Brahms festivals, Queens Hall, London, 1914, 15.

Head of Verbrugghen String Quartet, performing complete cycle of Beethoven quartets in cities of Britain, Australia and America. Guest conductor in Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, season 1922-1923, and permanent conductor, since 1923. Also founded Minneapolis Symphony Chorus.

Chairman music department and professor chamber music and appreciation, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota Home: Minneapolis, Minn.


Married Alice Gordon Beaumont, of London, September 21, 1898. Children: Adrien H. P. E., Sylvia Rosa (deceased), Philippe A. W. C., Marcel E., Gabrielle E. T., victor P. First appeared as violinist at age of 8.

Henri Verbrugghen

Elisa (Derode) Verbrugghen

Alice Gordon Beaumont

Adrien H. P. E. Verbrugghen

Sylvia Rosa Verbrugghen (deceased)

Philippe A. W. C. Verbrugghen

Marcel E. Verbrugghen

Gabrielle E. T. Verbrugghen

victor P. First appeared as violinist at age of 8 Verbrugghen