Schradieck was born at Hamburg, April 29, 1846.
He received his first violin lessons from his father, and made his first public appearance at the age of six. He studied under Leonard, in
Brussels, where he gained first prize.
Afterwards he went to Leipsic, where he became a pupil of David. In 1863 he became a soloist at the Reinthaler concerts at Bremen. The following year he went to Moscow as Professor of the violin.
In 1868 Schradieck returned to Hamburg, to take up the position of conductor of the Philharmonic Society, vacated by Auer. After six years he became concert meister at the Gewandhaus in Leipsic, professor at the conservatory, and leader of the theater orchestra. His reputation as a teacher became very great and his duties very onerous. In need of a complete change, he left Leipsic for Cincinnati, O.,
where he taught in the College of Music, and also organized an excellent symphony orchestra. In 1889 he took up his old position at Hamburg, besides teaching at the Hamburg Conservatory.
Subsequently he returned to America, becoming a teacher in New York, and in Philadelphia.
He has written excellent pedagogic material for the violin, in the way of studies, finger exercises, etc., and undoubtedly deserves the reputation he possesses of being one of the foremost violin teachers of the day.
He has also interested himself in matter connected with the making of violins.