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Austrian violinist, teacher, and composer; b. Vienna, March 2,1815; d.
there, Nov. 17, 1888. He was the son of the cellist Joseph Valentin Dont
(b. Georgenthal, Bohemia, April 15, 1776; d. Vienna, Dec. 14, 1833); was a
pupil of Böhm and Hellmesberger (Sr.) at the Vienna Cons.; owned the orch.
of the Hofhurgtheater in 1831, and the court orch. in 1834. He taught in
the Akademie der Tonkunst and the Seminary at St. Anna; Leopold Auer was
his pupil. From 1873 he was a prof. at the Vienna Cons. His book of violin
studies, Gradus ad Parnassum, is widely known; he publ. altogether
some 50 works.