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Austrian cellist.

Career Summary

Hummer studied cello at the Vienna Conservatory with Karl Schlesinger and Heinrich Röver 1868‒73, and was immediately appointed to the Vienna Court Opera Orchestra. Four years later he was elected a professor of cello at the Vienna Conservatory, teaching there from 1877 to 1907, and in 1878 he was appointed cellist in the Königliche Hofkapelle. He was cellist of the Rosé Quartet between 1883 and 1900, and briefly also of the Hellmesberger Quartet. He played in the first performances of Brahms's Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8 with Arnold Rosé in 1890, and of Brahms's String Quintet Op. 111 with the Rosé Quartet in the same year, both in Vienna.

Hummer and Schenker

The only reference to him in Schenker's diary appears to be a meeting between Hummer and Schenker in Steinach-am-Brenner on July 16, 1907, in which Hummer recounted some scandal.


  • "Cello Playing in the 19th Century," Part II, CelloHeaven
  • Clive, Peter, Brahms and his World: A Biographical Dictionary (Scarecrow Press, 2006), pp. 233‒34


  • Ian Bent

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