Many scholars compare Romberg with outstanding string instrumentalists such as Viotti, Spohr and Paganini because of his remarkable talent as a composer. His technical skill was appreciated by European audiences during his many tours.
It is no exaggeration to say that in the history of cello playing, Romberg's name signified a whole epoch, characteristic of the transition from the classical style to the romantic. At the same time a brilliant development of cello virtuosity occurred. Romberg's in- fluence on the further evolution of this field of art is truly tremendous, and the educational value of his cello concertos is still significant today.
But Romberg's concert activity is undoubtedly of the greatest importance. For over half a century it was an example of the virtuoso performing skill in all European countries.
Bernhard Heinrich Romberg was born on November 11, 1767 in the Oldenburg town of Dinklage in the family of the musician Anton Romberg. Bernhard spent his childhood in MUnster, where his father was a bassoonist and his uncle Herard Heinrich Romberg a clarinetist and choirmaster. His father, who also played cello, was the child's first music teacher. There is evidence that for a while, Bernhard also took lessons from the German cellist Johann Konrad Schlick. According to other sources, he studied with the Viennese violoncellist Franz Marteau, who later became famous. It is also quite possible that Romberg had his advanced cello lessons under the guidance of a violinist, as the violin character of his technique indicates.
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