STRAKOSCH, MAURICE (1825–1887), pianist and impresario. Born in Gross-Seelowitz, Moravia, Strakosch toured Europe as a pianist and immigrated to the U.S. in 1848. From 1856 he worked chiefly as an operatic impresario, managed the concerts of his sister-in-law, the celebrated soprano Adelina Patti, and toured with his company in the U.S. and Europe. Strakosch composed one opera Giovanni di Napoli, and pieces for piano, and wrote Ten Commandments of Music for the Perfection of the Voice (posthumous, 1896), and Souvenirs d'un Impresario (1887).
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