Gellin was born in Stockholm Nov 4, 1895.
At the age of 14 he had won an international accordion competition in Stockholm.
He got commercial training and at the age of 22 he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark , where he opened up his own business.
Prior to moving to Denmark, he had made several recordings in Sweden:
Apache dance, The / Hermann Gellin / 49808 / *
Backamo valsen / Herman Gellin, dragspel (Insp. 02.1916) / 49835 / *
Bagni di Lucca / Herman Gellin, dragspel / Beka 49803 (Insp. 02.1916) / *
Boston vals / Herman Gellin, dragspel (Insp. 02.1916) / 49839 / *
En sommardrill / Hermann Gellin / 49836 / *
Gräshoppor-na / Hermann Gellin / 49806 / *
Kungl. Kronobergs Reg. Paradmarch / Herman Gellin, dragspel (Insp. 02.1916) / Beka 49791 / *
Le Bicot / Hermann Gellin / 49837 / *
Livet i Finnskogarne / Herman Gellin, dragspel (Insp. 02.1916) / 49796 / *
Nöckrosen [!] / Herman Gellin, dragspel (Insp. 02.1916) / 49793 / *
Young Herman Gellin
Picture taken in Sweden around 1913
Snart är vårens tid inne -
Accordion solo by Herman Gellin.
Recorded in Berlin 1916.
Bagni Di Lucca
Recorded by Herman Gellin
He was born in Copenhagen July 31, 1900. Began secretly to practise his father's accordion at age 6. One day his father returned home early from work and "caught" Ernst playing his accordion and he was so impressed with his son's playing, that he immediately arranged lessons with a well know respected organist, who gave him a thorough musical education. Ernst was a true pioneer of the accordion, performing classical music at the age of 10. In his early teens he was performing professionally in Copenhagen and by age 19 he had recorded several compostitions on the "Beka" and Polyphon" labels. His real fame came when he in 1918 teamed up with Herman Gellin to form what was to become the internationally famous dou of Gellin & Borgstrøm.
In 1914 (14 years old) he received from Storm Pedersen(known as Storm P.) - a free-lance painter, illustrator, humorist and popular cabaret entertainer, a hand written letter, inviting him for an audition at "Edderkoppen" Cabaret in Copenhagen. The day after his performance there, the daily newspaper printed a cartoon showing Ernst with his accordion waiting behind the curtain, while Storm P. was entertaining.
At the concert in Rømersgade held Fridags night, the 14-year , Ernst Borgstrøm, presented himself as a musician on a Italian Concert Accordion which cost about 200 Kroner.
The little guy is an incredibly skillfully trained performer and is unique in this country in this field.
In Cafe Victoria (1914)
Kl.9,10 and 11 appear quite a young man, Ernst Borgstrøm, as accordionist and proves to be a virtuoso on the popular instrument.
The Accordion concert of the young Copenhagener,, Ernst Borgstrøm, became a great success.
Afholdshjemmets great hall was packed full of listeners. It sold over 300 tickets. The audience were thrilled and amazed at what can be presented on the accordion.
Accordion virtuoso Borgstrøm
held last night a concert at Afholdshotellet. So many people showed up, as never before, so not all the people could get in.
Mr. Borgstrom played several overturers, salon waltzes etc. all with such virtuosity that it evoked thunderous applause.
1. Ernst Borgstrom age 14
2. Ernst with his father
A musical evening at the Borgstrom's
Picture taken around 1913.
From the left: Ernst, his two cousins, his father and his uncle.
Apparently they gathered often to make music together.