CHARLES AUGUSTE DE BÉRIOT (1802 - 1870)
A pupil of the Italian violinist Viotti, Bériot became
one of the most distinguished players of his time, the creator
of the Franco-Belgian school of violin-playing that was so important
in the 19th century. He spent much of his teaching career in Brussels,
where he died in 1870.
Beriot's ten Violin Concertos are known to most players, in the practice studio if not in the concert hall. The so-called Military Concerto, No. 1 in D major, is of particular interest, with his popular Spanische Weisen for violin duet.