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Prof. E. N. Bilbie

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Prrjf. E. N. Bilbie, of this city, receutly Jeft for Pittsbnrg, Pa. , where he has beeu engaged as first violinist iu the Pittsbaig Symphony tOrchestra, which is under the directiou of Frederick Archer, the renowned organist. Prof. Bilbie also has a position as teacher of violiu iu a large semiuary there. Aun Arbor has met with a great loss in the departure of Prof. Bilbie. He has clearly proven hiroself a thorough stnrieut of the vioiin and has always ruet with the greatest snccess wberever he has played. As musicians have said, he is uothiug less than an artist aud is justly regarded as such. Fnllowing is a sketch of his When very yonug, Prof. Bilbie eviuced an uuusual love for music but altbough he played on several instruuients at an early age he did not oommence a serious study of the art until I after a visit to England, where he was inspirad to study the vioiin by bavingj head Joachim aud other great players. He studied with a good teacher while in Euglaud and on returuing to this city continued the study of violin for seven years at the school of music then direoted by C. B. Cady, now of the Chicago conservatory. At the end of this time Prof. Bilbie went to Berlin, Germany. where he studied for three years with Emile Sanret, the most eminent of French virtuosos of the present time. In the vacations he studied with Moser, wirtn ana otners. in theory Ludwig Bnssler was his teacher. In chaniber rrmsio he played quartettes, trios and sonatas of all the great composers. Sauret was very much pleased with Prof. Bilbie's work and offered him a rnost flattering letter of reootamendation and invited him to play in Mendelssohn's Octette with hhn at the Singakaderine at one of his series of coucerts which was a great honor for Prof. Bilbie. He returned to Ann Arbor in 1891 and oominenced teaching and giving concerts. He met with most flattering snccess. He has played in the principal cities in this state and also in large cities in several otber states and has received ranch comendation and achieved great triumphs. We mention a few of the many works he has given dnring these concerts: Mendelssohn's Concerto, Bruch No. 1 conoerto and Bach doublé concerto, 2d Polonaise by Wieniawski, Iatroduction et Eondo Capriccios by Saint Saen, Hnngarian dances by Brahms, Joachiin and Jota, Aragonese by Sarsate, Sonatas by Beethoven including the Kreutzer Sonata, Brahm's Sonata Op. 100 and Grieg Sonatas Op. 8 and Op. 13, and t'ie Schumann A minor Sonata. In the fall of 1895 Prof. Bilbie again returmd to Berlin, Qermany, whrtre he spent 'he season of 1895-96. During this he studied again with Wirtb anrl others, played in a great orchestra and attended numerous oouoerts. On returning to his home for the snmmer he received the offer to play in the Pittsburg Syrophouy Orchestra and also the teaching engagement. Prof. Bilbie is now engaged in his new field of dn ties ahd the best wishes of bis mao; friends go with him for the snccess he will without doubt receive.


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