15th February 1789
24th May 1826
Friedrich Ernst Fesca was a German violinist and composer, born at Magdeburg. His father was very active in the musical part in the city. His mother had been a professional singer, educated under Johann Adam Hiller and Marianne Podleska. Friedrich received his early education in Magdenburg and completed his studies at Leipzig under August Eberhard Müller. When he was four years of age, he could perform pieces of moderate difficulty on the piano, and began studying violin. At the early age of fifteen he appeared before the public, and this resulted in his being appointed leading violinist of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. This position he occupied till 1806, when he became concertmaster to the duke Peter I of Oldenburg. In 1808 he was appointed solo-violinist by King Jerome of Westphalia. At the end of the French occupation (1814), he went to Vienna, and soon afterwards to Karlsruhe, having been appointed concertmaster to the grand duke of Baden. In 1826 he died of consumption at the early age of thirty-seven.