Charles Ernest Appy was a musician, composer, teacher, and founder of two music schools. Born in 1834 of French parents in
The Hague, Netherlands, Appy moved with his family as a child to Amsterdam, where he studied piano with Richard Hol, cello
with Charles Montigny and Merlen, and composition with Jacques Franco-Mendes. In 1851 he became cellist in the concert orchestra
at Zaandam. In 1854 he performed as a solo cellist in Scotland. Two years later he became a member of the Amsterdam Park Orchestra
and of the orchestra of the Felix Meritis Society. In 1857 he assisted with the concerts at London's Crystal Palace. He returned
to Amsterdam to join the orchestra of the Caecilia Society in Amsterdam. He began playing in a string quartet in 1862. He
served as cello teacher at the Maatschappij tot Bevordering van Toonkunst from 1864-83. He opened schools of music in Amsterdam
and in Kansas City. His compositions for cello include Phantasies on themes from Der freischütz and Robert der Teufel, as
well as small salon pieces. He died in 1895.
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