The New International Encyclopædia/Becker, Jean
BECKER, Jean (1833-84). A German violin virtuoso. He was born at Mannheim, and studied with Kettenus and Vincenz Lachner. After a short period as a conductor at Mannheim he entered upon a series of brilliant concert tours (1858), and finally settled in Florence, Italy, where in 1886 he established the famous Florentine Quartet.