Johan Simonsen

He studied violin with Gustav Lange and Herman van der Vegt in Oslo and was a pupil of Gustav Havemann in Berlin (1923). Further studies were spent in Berlin (1927), Paris (1928) and London (1939). He served as first violinist in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (1924-45) and became the concert master in the National Theater’s orchestra in 1948. His wife Lydia Simonsen was Jewish.