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Ole Bornemann Bull was a violinist and composer. Bull was born in Bergen. He was the eldest of ten children of Johan Storm Bull (1787–1838) and Anna Dorothea Borse Geelmuyden (1789–1875). His brother, Georg Andreas Bull became a noted architect. He was also the uncle of Edvard Hagerup Bull, judge and politician.

Ole Bull´s father wished for him to become a minister, but he desired a musical career. At the age of four or five, he could play all of the songs he had heard his mother play on the violin. At age nine, he played first violin in the orchestra of Bergen´s theatre and was a soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. At eighteen, he was sent to the University of Christiania, but failed his examinations. He joined the Musical Lyceum, a musical society, and after its director Waldemar Thrane took ill, Bull became the director of Musical Lyceum and the Theater Orchestra in 1828. He also became friends with Henrik Wergeland, who later wrote a biography of Ole Bull.

In the summer of 1858, Ole Bull met the 15-year-old Edvard Grieg. Bull was a friend of the Grieg family, since Ole Bull´s brother was married to the sister of Grieg"s mother. Bull noticed Edvard"s talent and persuaded his parents to send him to further develop his talents at the Leipzig Conservatory.

Ole Bull bought the island of Lysøen, south of Bergen. He hired architect Conrad Fredrik von der Lippe to design a residence on the island. Ole Bull died from cancer in his home on Lysøen on 17 August 1880. He had held his last concert in Chicago the same year, despite his illness. A testament to his fame was his funeral procession, perhaps the most spectacular in Norway´s history. The ship transporting his body was guided by 15 steamers and a large number of smaller vessels.



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