Théodore Ritter (drawing by A. Barbé)
5 April 1840
|Died||6 April 1886 46) (aged|
Toussaint Prévost, known under the pseudonym Théodore Ritter (5 April 1840 – 6 April 1886) was a 19th-century French composer and pianist.
The son of composer Eugène Prévost, he was a student of Hector Berlioz. He began his career as a baritone singer at La Monnaie in Brussels under the name Félix, then learned the piano with Franz Liszt. He quickly became a renowned pianist and began an international career under the name Théodore Ritter.
A member of the "Société des derniers concerts de Beethoven" (1860), he undertook a concert tour in Canada and the US with the violinist Frantz Jehin-Prume and the operatic singer Carlotta Patti in 1869–1870.
Among others, he was the teacher of Isidore Philipp and Samuel Sanford.
Married with the singer Alice Desgranges; his niece Gabrielle Ritter-Ciampi was also famous as a singer.
A chevalier of the Légion d'honneur (1880), he is buried at cimetière du Père-Lachaise (20th division)
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