Charles Auguste De Beriot, a Belgian violinist and composer, born in Louvain, Feb. 20, 1802, died in Brussels April 10, 1870. At the age of nine he was able to perform difficult concertos for the violin. In 1821 he became a pupil in the Paris conservatoire, but soon found that his style was already too absolutely formed to admit of much modification. He commenced giving concerts, and made himself famous in England, France, Austria, and other European countries, being distinguished for the purity of his tone, his correctness of intonation, and his refined taste. Some of his concert tours were made in company with Mine. Malibran, whom he married in 1835. She died within six months, and De Beriot was not again heard in public for several years. In 1842 he was appointed professor of the violin at the conservatoire of Brussels, which position he resigned in 1852 in consequence of almost total blindness occasioned by paralysis of the optic nerve. Among his pupils were Vieuxtemps, Ghys, Prume, and Konsky. He was succeeded in the professorship by Leonard, also one of his best pupils. De Beriot's compositions are numerous, and have been in constant use by violinists.
His most valuable production is a very complete manual in three parts entitled Methode de violon.