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Jean-Henri Ravina

Jean-Henri Ravina (20 May 1818 – 30 September 1906) was a French virtuoso pianist, composer and teacher.

Jean-Henri Ravina started his musical studies with his mother, Eugénie Ravina, a famous professor in Bordeaux. He made his first public appearance performing works by Friedrich Kalkbrenner at the age of 8, and the violinist Pierre Rode, who was present at the concert, encouraged him to continue his musical studies. Ravina then went to Paris, where he attended the private musical school of Alkan Morhange (Charles-Valentin Alkan's father), later he entered the piano class of Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann at the Paris Conservatory. He also studied counterpoint with Anton Reicha and Aimé Leborne there. In 1834 he received a first prize for piano performance.

The 17-year-old Ravina became assistant to a professor at the Conservatory, but he resigned two years later to devote himself to his career as a virtuoso. He became a touring pianist, with performances in France, Spain and Russia. His whirlwind tours were highly acclaimed, and his compositions were immensely popular with his fans. At the same time he acquired an excellent reputation as a music teacher.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 20, 1818 (Bordeaux), Died September 30, 1906 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1907 - 1924

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-4420 10-in. 4/19/1907 Tendresse Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-29894 10-in. 4/17/1924 Valse staccato Mischa Elman Violin solo, with piano composer  
Edison 2380 10-in. between 7/10/1913 and 7/19/1913 Tendresse Edison Concert Band Band composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ravina, Jean-Henri," accessed April 14, 2024,

Ravina, Jean-Henri. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 14, 2024, from

"Ravina, Jean-Henri." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 14 April 2024.

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