Ferdinand Küchler was a famous violin pedagogue and composer of educational violin music from Germany. From 1883 to 1888, Küchler attended the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt am Main, where he studied violin with Johann Naret-Koning and Hugo Heermann and music theory with Arthur Egidi and Iwan Knorr. He started teaching violin at the nearby music school after taking his first position as principal violist of the Basel Symphony Orchestra in 1889. He also played viola in a string quartet. In 1898, he was hired as a violin instructor at Frankfurt's Hoch Conservatory, and he was also a member of the Heermann Quartet, which was headed by his former teacher. In 1910, Küchler moved to Basel. The next year, he became the director of a private music school and started leading choral groups. He taught violin at the Landeskonservatorium der Musik zu Leipzig from 1927 to 1936. Küchler authored violin technique manuals and composed instructional works for the violin, including some student concertos. Until the mid-1960s, his two-volume Course of Violin Training (published by Hug-Verlag, Zürich) was a staple of the violin instructional literature.
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