Famous Hungarian violinist visits Paarl

Ede Reményi and Johannes Brahams 1852 (WikiMedia Commons)

Ede Reményi and Johannes Brahams 1852 (WikiMedia Commons)

On Saturday evening 21 April 1888, Ede Reményi, a Hungarian violinist, performed in Paarl. According to the advertisement placed in the Paarl District Advertiser, Mrs OT de Villiers and Misses A and N de Villiers, and Harold E Stidolph, pianist, also performed that evening.

Reményi (1828-1898) was born in Miskoic in Hungary and was banished for taking part in the Hungarian Revolution (1848). In Germany he befriended Johannes Brahams, then only 15 years old. Reményi spent four years touring in America before returning to Europe in 1852. The following year he went on tour with Brahms. In 1854 he performed for Queen Victoria, and after his pardon in 1860, performed for Emperor Franz Joseph. He died in 1898 during a concert in San Francisco.

Paarl District Advertiser, 1 April 1888