Baumann, Joseph W.
Joseph W. Baumann. Violinist, teacher, b Berlin (Kitchener), Ont, 29 Oct 1847, d Hamilton, Ont, 3 Apr 1905. He was self-taught until at 21 he departed for Vienna to study with Adolf Brodsky. Two years later he went to Berlin for private study with Joseph Joachim. Returning to Canada, he taught in a succession of Ontario towns - Walkerton, Berlin, Toronto - before settling in Hamilton in 1882. About 1888 he appeared frequently in recital with the pianist D.J. O'Brien, founder of the Hamilton Musical Institute (see Royal Hamilton College of Music). Baumann's playing was noted for its full tone and robust technique, both of which were imparted to his pupils, including George Fox and Nora Clench.