Born in Galicia in 1902, Emanuel Feuermann was one of the greatest cellists of his generation. In 1909 he moved with his family to Vienna, studying the cello with his father and with Anton Walter and making his début in 1912 under Weingartner. He undertook further study in Leipzig with Julius Klengel and at the age of sixteen joined the staff of the conservatory.
His career in Germany, which had brought appointment to the Berlin Hochschule, came to an end with the rise to power of the National Socialists. He made his American début in 1935 and settled there three years later, joining the staff of the Curtis Institute in 1941. In America he performed trios with Heifetz and Rubinstein and with Huberman and Schnabel. He died in New York in 1942.