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Friedrich Benda (Composer)
Born: 15th July 1745, Potsdam, Germany
Died: 19th June 1814, Potsdam, Germany
Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Benda was a German violinist, pianist and composer of the classical era.
Benda was the son of violin virtuoso and composer Franz Benda, from whom he received his first musical lessons. Later he studied music theory and composition with Johann Kirnberger in Berlin. In addition to his compositional achievements, he was an accomplished pianist and violinist. In the years 1765–1810, Benda was a chamber musician at the Prussian Court in Potsdam where his compositions found much acceptance.
Benda composed concertos, operas, and chamber music.