Johannes Brahms

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms

Profession: Composer and Conductor


Biography: Brahms is renowned as a composer and pianist, premiering many of his own works. Much of his oeuvre has since become a staple in the many areas in which he worked—symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, etc.

Stylistically, Brahms' compositions were classically rooted and yet innovative and carefully constructed. He has had a lasting influence on a broad spectrum of composers, from traditionalists to modernists alike.

Born: May 7, 1833
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: April 3, 1897 (aged 63)

Historical Events

  • 1859-01-22 Johannes Brahms' 1st piano concerto (in D minor) premieres in Hanover
  • 1859-03-28 1st performance of Johannes Brahms' 1st Serenade for orchestra
  • 1860-02-10 Johannes Brahms' orchestral music piece "Serenade No. 2 in A" premieres in Hamburg
  • 1868-04-10 1st performance of Johannes Brahms' "A German Requiem"
  • 1870-01-05 Johannes Brahms' collection of lovesongs, "Liebeslieder Walzer" premieres
  • 1876-11-04 Johannes Brahms' 1st Symphony in C premieres in Karlsruhe, Grand Duchy of Baden
  • 1877-12-30 Johannes Brahms' 2nd Symphony in D, premieres in Vienna
  • 1879-01-01 Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major premieres in Leipzig
  • 1879-12-26 Johannes Brahms' "Tragic Ouverture" premieres
  • 1881-01-04 Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" premieres in Breslau
  • 1882-12-10 Johannes Brahms' choir and orchestra piece "Gesang der Parzen" (Song of the Fates) premieres in Basel
  • 1883-12-02 Johannes Brahms' "3rd Symphony in F" premieres with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 1885-10-25 Johannes Brahms conducts the premiere of his 4th Symphony in e, Op. 98, in Meiningen, Germany