ALPHONSE HASSELMANS (1845 - 1912)
The Belgian harpist and composer Alphonse Hasselmans, a native of Liège, studied in Stuttgart and in Paris. He began his professional career as a performer in Brussels, later settling in Paris, in 1884 succeeding to the position of professor of harp at the Paris Conservatoire. He played an important part in the technical development of playing and had a number of distinguished pupils.
As a composer Hasselmans is remembered for his significant contributions to harp repertoire (original compositions and transcriptions).