- James M. Burk
Sobolewski, Edward (01 October 1804–17 May 1872), conductor, composer, and violinist, was born Johann Friedrich Eduard Sobolewski in Königsberg, East Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia), the son of Johann Sobolewski, an oboe player and soldier, and Amalia Louisa Corittkin. His early education included study with Königsberg musicians such as Friedrich Dorn, organist Wilhelm Jensen, composer and conductor Friedrich Selter, and August Gotthold, the director of the Frederick College. At age sixteen he was first violinist in Zander’s Quartet, a group established in 1791. He studied composition with Carl Friederich Zelter in Berlin and Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden (1821–1824). In 1830 he became director of music at the theater in Königsberg and became the cantor of the Altstädtische Kirche in 1835. When the Philharmonische Gesellschaft was founded in 1838, Sobolewski was selected as the conductor. He also conducted the chorus of the Academy of Music (from 1843). He served as music critic of the ...