August 21, 1829, Hamburg, Germany.

February 24, 1907, London, England.

Great Malvern Cemetery, Worcestershire, England.


Otto was the son of salesman Moritz David Goldschmidt and women’s rights activist Johanna Goldschmidt. He studied under Mendelssohn and Hauptmann at the Conservatory in Leipzig, Germany, and was a composer, conductor and pianist, known for his piano concertos and other piano pieces.

In 1852 he married singer Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale, and converted to Episcopalianism. By 1858, they were living in London. In 1863 Otto became a professor and later vocal director at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1876, he founded the Bach Choir, which he led until 1886. He several times conducted the Lower Rhine festivals in Düsseldorf, Germany. His works include:

  1. Oak Lea