Ferdinand David was born at Hamburg, June 19, 1810, and died suddenly while on a mountain excursion near Klosters, July 18, 1873.
He studied two years (1823-24) under Spohr and Hauptmann at Cassel, and made his first appearance at the Gewandhaus, Leipzig, with which he afterwards became so closely associated in 1825.
He became a member of the Konigstadt Theater in Berlin (1827-28), and first became acquainted with Mendelssohn.
He spent a few years in Russia, but when Mendelssohn became conductor of the Gewandhaus concerts in 1836, David was appointed concertmeister, a position he retained until his death.
He was also appointed violin professor under Mendelssohn when the Conservatory was founded in 1843.
His educational influence was great, the two most famous of his many distinguished pupils being Joachim and Wilhelmn.
David composed five concertos and a number of other works for the violin, besides two symphonies and an opera.
The Violin School contains much invaluable pedagogic material which was the direct outcome of his experience at Leipzig.
David deserves special praise for his work in reviving the works of eminent violin players of the old Italian, French and German schools, and for his excellent editing of most of the great violin classics.
In his own playing he combined the piquancy of the modern school with the solid merit of Spohr.