In season, Hadley also became assistant conductor and chorus master at the Staatstheater Mainz. At that time, Britt was Principal cello of the Chicago Symphony Daly City, CA 2. Arthur Hadley was a cellist with the Boston Symphony Graitzer in the s also conducted the California Symphony, a non-profit training orchestra made up young union musicians of the San Francisco Bay area during four seasons,
In the late s, Edward Tak seems to have returned to Europe, and he died in Germany on December 28, after a career in which he performed in most of the leading US orchestras. Adolph Rosenbecker in 5. After studies with local teachers, at age 14, he began playing in the Saalbau Orchestra of Frankfurt until He then went to the Leipzig Conservatory, where he studied violin with the famous teacher Ferd David, and conducting with Carl Reinecke during the years Upon graduation, he was a first violin with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
In , Theodore Thomas asked him to join his New York-based touring orchestra, with which group Rosenbecker remained for 8 years, until In , Rosenbecker relocated to Chicago. Rosenbecker became a teacher at the Chicago Conservatory, and also directed a theater orchestra. Adolph Rosenbecker also organized and was conductor and sometime Concertmaster of a part-time ensemble he called the "Chicago Symphony Orchestra".
This was not the group we now refer to as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The CSO from its creation in until was called the "Chicago Orchestra", when in , to honor their recently deceased conductor, it was renamed the "Theodore Thomas Orchestra". Rosenbecker's orchestra, made up primarily of Chicago musicians, played at May festivals and summer programs, and therefore help the musicians earn money in the off-season.
Rosenbecker ended this ensemble's activity in , but it added to his conducting experience. He then joined the San Francisco Symphony in the season as its second Concertmaster, succeeding Edward Tak, who had returned east to the Boston Symphony. When Alfred Hertz arrived as Music Director in the season, Rosenbecker became Assistant Conductor, and head of the second violin section what we would now call Principal Second violin From contemporary records, Adolph Rosenbecker seems not to have finished the season.
Louis Persinger was born in February 11, in Rochester, Illinois. By age 18, he was living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Persinger became concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony in at age He was also an associate conductor of the Orchestra. Persinger had several very successful students. Persinger was Concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony for eleven seasons, Also organized the Persinger String Quartet in about Click on the thumbnail below to see the full picture of the Persinger Quartet: Persinger was also a good pianist, and he accompanied his student Ruggiero Ricci during a number of tours, and also recordings of the great violinist into the s.
Persinger was also an avid chess player. Mishel Piastro circa His father, also Mishel, was a student of Leopold Auer and he taught his son Michel the violin. Piastro also studied with Auer from while at the St. In , Piastro toured, and arrived in San Francisco in early April, , after having traveled via Shanghai and Canada.
Piastro then also toured the U. Piastro became a citizen in San Francisco in He became Concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony in , under Alfred Hertz, remaining for five seasons, until the end of This lead to Mishel Piastro being appointed conductor of the Longines Symphonette, a radio broadcasting orchestra.
In , Artur Rodzinski was appointed Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, and he fired 14 orchestra musicians, including the Concertmaster, Mishel Piastro, and 6 other first-desk musicians Mishel Piastro also continued his teaching Sidney Harth was one of this students In the s and s, Mishel Piastro concentrated more on his conducting activities, and continued conducting and recording light classics into the early s, including after the demise of the Longines Symphonette.
Nathan Abas was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands October 23, to father Jacob Abas, a diamond cutter who later died in Auschwitz. Abas initially studied in Amsterdam at the Conservatorium. By about , Nathan Abas was a first violinist with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. He came to the New York City in May, Abas made his New York solo appearance in Town Hall to respectful, but luke-warm reviews " He performed orchestral music on the radio in New York City in and Abas came to San Francisco in for health following illness While in San Francisco, he briefly taught Isaac Stern.
He performed at local concerts in the mids. In the late s and into the s, Abas was playing in and conducting the northern California WPA orchestra created for musicians needing work during the depression. Abas died in Riverside, California June 1, Naoum Blinder took up the violin early. Leaving Odessa in about , Naoum Blinder then studied at the Moscow Conservatory but not at that time with Adolph Brodsky, as some sources state.
Brodsky had played the world premiere of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto December 4, , and later was Concertmaster of the New York Symphony Following the revolution, Blinder was on the faculty of the Moscow Conservatory from to September 1, 33, Blinder left the Soviet Union with his wife and daughter by taking a concert tour in Japan in , and never returning. However, within 18 months of his arrival, the San Francisco Symphony collapsed from lack of financing.
The San Francisco Symphony season was cancelled, and only three San Francisco Symphony musicians remained under contract: San Francisco Symphony archives. Blinder was called by his friends "Nousha", and had many loyal violin students. He [Naoum Blinder] spoke with and inherent dignity. His was a kind of benign strength. He didn't stamp out a student's personal approach to music so that one recognized the teacher, not the student. In time, his students constituted half the violinists of the orchestra.
He was an astonishingly strong personality, without any trace of egotism about him Naoum Blinder was also active in chamber music, and was a founder of the San Francisco String Quartet: At the end of Blinder's long tenure as Concertmaster, his eyesight gave him increasing problems such that at the end of the season, he was compelled to retire 3.
Naoum Blinder died November 21, in San Francisco. Isaac Stern said of his teacher: Frank Houser was born March 15, in San Francisco. He studied violin for 10 years in San Francisco with Artur Argiewicz , who was teaching at the University of California, Berkeley. Isaac Stern in his autobiography says that Houser with whom Stern studied was also a student of Naoum Blinder 4.
In , Frank Houser was one of the violinists hired by Pierre Monteux 36 when Monteux began rebuilding the San Francisco Symphony, following the symphony's brush with bankruptcy in the season.
Frank Houser also performed in the San Francisco String Quartet, whose composition changed over the years, but was with his colleagues: When Josef Krips became conductor, in his second season, , he made several changes in the violin section, including replacing Frank Houser with Jacob rachmalnick , previously Concertmaster of numerous orchestras, including the Philadelphia and the Concertgebouw.
Frank Houser then moved to the second chair, next to Krachmalnick. Hauser also remained Concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Frank Houser died October 12, in San Francisco from leukemia, age only 57 He was older brother to Samuel Krachmalnick , who became a well known Broadway musical conductor, and who also conducted at the New York City Opera. Jacob or "Jake" Krachmalnick took up the violin early, and he and his brother Sam both played at concerts at the St.
Louis YMHA in the s. Krachmalnick studied at the Curtis Institute , studying with Efrem Zimbalist, among others and graduating in the Class of Krachmalnick returned to St. Louis and played in the Symphony for several months, before entering the Air Force during World War 2. Beginning in the Autumn of , and until , Krachmalnick was assistant Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, next to Concertmaster Josef Gingold.
The next season, Krachmalnick went to Philadelphia, where he was Philadelphia Concertmaster from He also performed at the Casals festival in Prades in Krachmalnick suddenly left the Philadelphia Orchestra at the end of the season, after a series of disagreements with Ormandy.
After van Beinum died, Krachmalnick remained at the Concertgebouw two more seasons, and then moved back to the U. On his return to the U. During this period, Krachmalnick was also a New York sessions musician, making a number of recordings. Often, particularly in off-season from to the late s, Krachmalnick did session recordings in Los Angeles, Hollywood and San Francisco. Krachmalnick had a full, rich violin tone, and soloed with orchestras more often than many other Concertmasters.
Jake Krachmalnick was said by his colleagues to be a difficult leader of the violins, given to harsh and sarcastic criticism of the first and second violins. Krachmalnick also often had stormy relationships with each orchestra in which he played. He studied violin with the famous teacher Ivan Galamian Canin was Associate Concertmaster as selected by Josef Krips. Canin therefore sat next to Concertmaster Jake Krachmalnick now further resented by his colleagues due to his contemptuous attitude toward many.
In the season, when Seiji Ozawa arrived, he selected Stuart Canin as his new Concertmaster, and Krachmalnick departed to teach. Canin remained as Concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony for ten seasons, However, Canin eventually decided to decline this offer.
Raymond Kobler is a San Francisco native, having been born there on August 18, Remaining in Washington D. Kobler then joined the National Symphony under Antal Dorati for two seasons, Two years later, he won the audition for Assistant Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony under Sergiu Comissiona Raymond Kobler then moved to Cleveland, where for seven seasons , he was Associate Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra under Lorin Maazel.
He served as SFS Concertmaster for eighteen seasons with great critical and fan appreciation, under as succession of music directors: After retiring at the end of the season, Raymond Kobler continued to be active in chamber music and orchestras, including the Pacific Symphony in Orange County, California where he has been Concertmaster present.
Meanwhile, he is actively training a next generation of musicians at. Alexander Barantschik was born in Leningrad St. Petersburg Russia in He studied at the Leningrad Conservatory, and still in his twenties performed with the Leningrad Philharmonic. Barantschik was from Concertmaster of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. During the later years of his tenure with the Netherlands Radio orchestra, Alexander Barantschik was also Leader Concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra His tenure in San Francisco has been marked by a close relationship with his orchestral colleagues, and a warm following by his San Francisco fans.
In , Alexander Barantschik performed the San Francisco premier of the violin concerto Aftersight by his friend Viktor Kissine Arthur Weiss was born in Hungary on May 6, He studied at the Budapest Conservatory with the famous musician David Popper in the s.
Arthur Weiss played cello with the New York Symphony in about In about , Arthur Weiss relocated to San Francisco, where he and his cello survived the earthquake. The next season, Henry Hadley brought in his brother Arthur Hadley as Principal cell, and Arthur Weiss moved to the second chair as what we would now call Assistant Principal cello. Weiss continued in the second cello chair first half of season when Stanilas Bem joined the San Francisco Symphony as Assistant Principal cello.
At that time Arthur Weiss moved to the third chair. Weiss continued to serve in the cello section in San Francisco until the end of , a total of fifteen seasons. He was also active in chamber music. Arthur Weiss played the Vincenzo Ruggeri cello, which he had acquired from his teacher David Popper. Arthur Weiss died in Berkeley, California on March 4, , just before his 85th birthday.
Arthur Hadley was born in Somerville, Massachusetts in November, into a musical family. His father, Samuel Henry Hadley was a music teacher in the Somerville public schools. Arthur Hadley was Principal cello for several seasons with Emil Mollenhauer's Boston Festival Orchestra , a pick-up orchestra organized each season for summer festivals. Arthur Hadley was a cellist with the Boston Symphony Arthur Hadley was Principal cello for three seasons, He then returned to Boston, where he was a soloist and chamber music player.
Arthur Hadley died in Boston in Horace Britt was born on June 18, , in Antwerp, Belgium. Britt was a child prodigy, and grew up in Paris with his brother Roger violin and his sister Gaëtane harp , under the supervision of their parents Ernst and Maria Britt.
When Horace Britt was 6, his mother began his training in solfège. He therefore learned to sight read before he took up an instrument.
Horace studied cello, and his brother Roger Britt, the violin. Horace Britt returned to Antwerp to study cello Gustav Faes to prepare him for the Paris Conservatoire entrance examination In November, , at the age of 11, Horace Britt won entrance to the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied with Jules Delsart Britt won the Conservatoire cello Premier prix in , at age 14, the youngest winner to that time 30 his record was broken the next year by 13 year old Paul Bazelaire.
Horace Britt was cello solo with the Lamoureux Orchestra in , and with the Colonne Orchestra in At that time, Britt was Principal cello of the Chicago Symphony Horace Britt's brother Roger was a first violin with the Philadelphia Orchestra Britt remained SFS Principal cello for six seasons, Horace Britt in the early s also was cello with the Hans Letz Quartet: Horace Britt in the late s performed with the Elman String Quartet: The Elman Quartet also recorded for Victor records in , and in the same year, was the first cellist to be recorded on a sound movie.
In the s, Horace Britt formed the Britt Trio. From , Britt was visiting Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, and then joined the faculty. Walter Ferner was born February 11, in Baltimore, Maryland. He went to Europe to study, and in his artist's biography in newspaper reviews, is said to have been " Walter Ferner, violin-cellist, who for years occupied the position of solo cellist [i. Principal cello] with the great Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin This of course would have been a major achievement for a young cellist from Baltimore.
Elias Hecht had organized the group in about Walter Ferner remained Principal cello in San Francisco for five seasons Ferner died in San Francisco on January 8, He came from a musical family, his father Maurice Penha also being a musician. Penha graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatoire in , at age 16 He had studied with Isaac Mossel Penha also studied with Hugo Becker , perhaps at Dr. Michel Penha made his first concert appearance in Amsterdam in and then toured Europe.
He relocated to New York in Penha also performed chamber music recitals in New York. Penha was Principal cello for five seasons, beginning in , the same season in which Romain Verney joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as Principal viola. Also like his friend Verney, Michel Penha left the Philadelphia Orchestra at the end of the season to relocate to San Francisco. In the late s, Penha and Verney were together members of two string quartets, chamber music groups forming an important part of Penha's career.
These were the California String Quartet: Penha in relocated to Portland, Oregon for a time, although still active in the San Francisco area.
Michel Penha seems never to have married, and died in Los Angeles in February 10, , age Willem Dehé was born in Groningen in the north of the Netherlands June 1, After training at the Amsterdam Conservatory, Willem Dehé went to Russia, it seems to the present day Ukraine, as a musician. According to one account, Dehé joined a string quartet for a wealthy Kiev nobleman. Willem Dehé remained only briefly in Groningen, and then to the US in His wife and child stayed behind, not having proper papers.
He continued in the first cello chair until the performances of the San Francisco Symphony were suspended in the season. The next season, , Van den Berg continued as Principal cello, but Willem Dehé was advanced to the second chair; what we would call today Assistant Principal cello.
However, in the late s and culminating in the season, Pierre Monteux was said to be unhappy with his cello section. For the season, three cellists were listed as "solo": The other cellists rotated seating in alphabetical order during that season.
It seems that Monteux continued to search for his preferred ensemble, since in , Boris Blinder was back in the Principal cello chair, Dehé continuing as Assistant Principal cello, and Herman Reinberg in the third cello chair.
Willem van den Berg had departed to join the music faculty at nearby Mills College, where Darius Milhaud also taught. A new hire, Rudolph Kirs was in the fourth cello chair. However, this did not last long, since during this season Willem Dehé died suddenly on February 8, in San Francisco, age only He had suffered an aortic aneurysm, in which the wall of the aorta weakens and can rupture causing rapid death.
He was mourned by his colleagues, some of whom believed Dehé was reaching his highest level as a musician. Van den Berg as a conductor in Willem van den Burg was born in the Hague, Netherlands in Van den Burg studied at the Hague Conservatory, where he won the Foch medal He came to the US in The next season, Willem van den Berg moved to the Philadelphia Orchestra, selected by Leopold Stokowski to become Principal cello, replacing Hanns Pick who lasted with Stokowski only one season.
Willem van den Berg was Principal cello of the Philadelphia Orchestra for nine seasons, Van den Berg also branched into conducting. Van den Burg had appeared as a cello soloist with Monteux in Philadelphia and Amsterdam Van den Burg had an on-again off-again relationship with the Francisco Symphony cello section as he pursued his conducting.
He was Principal cello of the San Francisco Symphony and , with Boris Blinder and Willem Dehé replacing him in the Principal cello chair for the two intervening seasons.. From to about , Willem van den Burg was later Principal cello and assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Alfred Wallenstein. Willem van den Burg arranged cello training pieces entitled 67 Etudes for the Cello on the Beethoven Quartets which are still used today for cello instruction. He also played cello in Hollywood studios in the s.
Willem van den Burg died in California in after a rich and varied career. During that season, he decided to rotate each member of the cello section below the first cello chairs 'in alphabetical order' This was a practice which of course would not be accepted today, either by the musicians, nor their employment agreements. This seemed to have resulted in Boris Blinder being named Principal cello in the season, although Willem van den Burg also seems to have been listed as being 'solo'.
Both Boris Blinder and first Willem van den Burg, and later George Barati were listed being 'first cello' or 'solo cello' in SFSO publicity during the s, so perhaps Monteux employed co-Principal celli during this period. He studied with two Dutch-born cello teachers: That season, there were three cellists listed as "Solo": Monteux also decided to rotate each member of the cello section, below the "Solo" celli 'in alphabetical order' Then, the next year in the season, Boris Blinder was again listed as the sole Principal cello under Monteux.
Boris Blinder remained in the first cello chair for twenty-three further seasons, Boris Blinder retired from the San Francisco Symphony at the end of the season. In the s, Boris Blinder was also active in the Aeolian Ensemble, a chamber music group. Boris Blinder died in San Francisco January 31, , age While still a student, in about , Barati became first cellist with the Budapest Symphony and the Budapest Municipal Opera. At Princeton, in and , George Barati taught cello He also studied composition with Roger Sessions at Princeton from to Barati was in the US Army He was also a member of the California String Quartet: During the s, George Barati also became active as a conductor.
As a composer, George Barati wrote a symphony, and opera The Feather Cloak , chamber works, and music for chorus Robert Sayre was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in He began his cello studies at age nine with Joseph Derdeyn and Eero Davidson Robert Sayre graduated from the Curtis Institute in 95 , and joined the Cleveland Orchestra cello section 97 where he served for three seasons Robert Sayre won the Piatigorsky Prize in and joined the cello section for summer programs of the Boston Pops.
In , Sayre played concerts in Europe. Persinger accepted a demotion in the viola section, but Sayre did not accept demotion in the cello section 9. Sayre instead resigned from the SFSO at the end of the season to pursue a solo playing career and to develop a conducting position. Sayre founded the San Francisco Young Professionals Orchestra in , which he conducted, and of which the average age was 25 Robert Sayre also taught cello at the San Francisco Conservatory.
Robert Sayre has also recorded extensively in the US and in Europe. He studied at the Curtis Institute where he graduated in the Class of Grebanier made his recital debut in New York City in at the age of nineteen.
Michael Grebanier joined the cello section of the Cleveland Orchestra, where his teacher, Leonard Rose had previously been Principal Cello, in the season under George Szell. Grebanier remained in Cleveland for 4 seasons: Jaulus seems to have studied at the Budapest conservatoire. There were 22 in the orchestra He became a US citizen in In the s, Bernat Jaulus lead small orchestras, including at the large Portola Restaurant in San Francisco, in which he may also have had a partial ownership beginning in As such, Hadley was fulfilling his promise to recruit the orchestra heavily from musicians of the San Francisco area.
Given the short season and the times of the first concerts, initially Friday afternoons and Sunday afternoons, there was not a conflict between musicians engagements with the San Francisco Symphony, and their work with local theater and hotel orchestras. Bernat Jaulus left the San Francisco Symphony after the single season. As an active conductor, Jaulus also organized popular "Promenade Concerts" in San Francisco in the late s.
Jaulus also conducted massive orchestral groups at the San Francisco Festival in San Francisco parks. Such orchestra jobs were to be preferred over the San Francisco Orchestra, since they were year-around jobs, unlike the short seasons of the orchestra, even if combined with the San Francisco Opera.
Bernat Jaulus died of a heart attach on May 9, in San Francisco at age Clarence Evans was born in St. Paul, Minnesota April 16, As a youth, he studied violin and viola in Duluth, Minnesota.
Clarence Evans joined the orchestra as Principal viola in the season. He remained Principal viola three seasons When August Plemenik joined the San Francisco Symphony as Principal cello in the season, Clarence Evans moved to the second viola chair position for one season.
Clarence Evans continued active in string quartets during his career. The next season, , Clarence Evans joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra viola section, where he remained for 27 seasons. Evans became Principal viola in the season and continued until the end of the season. He remained with the orchestra another 11 seasons, retiring at the end of the season. After conducting amateur orchestras in the Chicago area in the early s, in , Evans conducted at least one broadcast concert of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from the Grant Park summer music festival.
From , Clarence Evans was Assistant Conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra for young orchestra players. In later years Clarence Evans apparently became heavy in build according to press accounts; he died after His wife Louise, also a musician greatly outlived Clarence, dying in age Wetmore was born in Springfield, Ohio on June 18, He studied first with his music teacher mother Arabella Wetmore and then with Robert Braine in Springfield, Ohio..
According to Etude magazine of May , " During a recent visit to Springfield, Ohio, where he gave a recital, Pugno, the great French pianist, discovered a new musical genius in the person of Master Ralph Wetmore, a fourteen-year-old violinist of Springfield.
Pugno, on hearing the lad play a violin solo by Wieniawski, was so delighted that he caught him up in his arms and hugged and kissed him in demonstrative French fashion. He said if the boy would come to Paris he would With the arrival of Alfred Hertz, Ralph Wetmore moved to the third chair of the first violins early in the season. During the season, he was appointed Principal viola of the San Francisco Symphony by Alfred Hertz in mid-season as a result of the departure of Clarence Evans, to complete Evan's season.
However, during the next season, , Wetmore also did not complete the season, being replaced, apparently on an interim basis by Nathan Firestone. He also taught at the University of California - Berkeley Nathan Firestone in His younger brother Max William Firestone was also a musician, and they may have studied with their father, William Firestone, who earned his living as a traveling salesman in Minneapolis.
Max Firestone played in San Francisco theater and radio orchestras, who also played on cruise ships. In , at age 17 Nathan Firestone had his first professional orchestra position. In January, , Nathan Firestone was one of four new second violins hired by the Orchestra of the University of California in Berkeley This brought the Berkeley orchestra to 67 musicians.
He also later played viola in the Berkeley orchestra. This of course was prior to the creation of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, which would not be founded until six seasons later in In , Nathan Firestone also played in a theater orchestra, probably to supplement his income as did most all musician of that era.
Nathan Firestone joined the first violin section of the San Francisco Symphony in its inaugural season Nathan Firestone continued in the first violin section Since this was a summer engagement, Firestone could do this while still fulfilling his San Francisco Symphony duties.
Firestone was active in a number of chamber music groups throughout his career. This included in the s the San Francisco String Quartet: On the appointment of Bernat Jaulus as Principal viola in the season, Nathan Firestone moved either to the second chair in the viola section, or joined the first violins of the San Francisco Orchestra.
In the season, Pierre Monteux again appointed Nathan Firestone as Principal viola, where he remained for five more seasons. Nathan Firestone served in the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for thirty seasons, from its initial season until the end of the season See the description of the career of Bernat Jaulus in the paragraph above.
Brahms Quintet of Los Angeles: Rovinsky was a founding member in of the the "Brahms Quintet of Los Angeles", consisting of: After a career in San Francisco, Louis Rovinsky seems to have died prior to Fenster's father, Theodore Fenster, was a violinist, a composer and orchestra leader.
Theodore Fenster also played in the Rosner Orchestra. His mother was a pianist; His sister, Violet Fenster was a successful concert pianist. Lajos Fenster was regarded as a child prodigy. Lajos Fenster joined the San Francisco Symphony in the first violin section in the season.
He played violin for three seasons until the end of Fenster was Principal viola for six seasons Then, in the season, under Alfred Hertz, Lajos Fenster moved to the Assistant Concertmaster position, joining the new Concertmaster Mishel Piastro at the first violin stand. Lajos Fenster was Assistant Concertmaster and Lajos Fenster continued with the San Francisco Symphony until the season.
During this time he also taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he met his second wife, pianist wife Elizabeth McCoy. In the latter half of and into , Fenster became progressively more emotionally fragile and upset He suffered a breakdown and missed several concerts during the season; he died during the season on April 29, , age only Romain Verney in Romain Verney was born in France in March 20, He gained entrance to the Paris Conservatoire where he gained his Premier prix in about the Concour.
During this time, he was the stand partner of Pierre Monteux; Monteux was Principal viola of the Concerts Colonne Romain Verney emigrated to the U. In , he was Principal viola of the New York Symphony. Verney joined the Philadelphia Orchestra the same season as Michel Penha , and stayed during the same term. While in Philadelphia, he also was a member of the of the Rich Quartet: Romain Verney was Principal viola in Philadelphia for five seasons from In , Verney moved to California.
Then, during , Verney moved back in the San Francisco viola section, and again after the suspension of the San Francisco Symphony in season, continued until In the season Pierre Monteux advanced his old stand parter to the Associate Principal viola chair of the San Francisco Symphony. Nathan Firestone was at that time Principal viola. He was stand partner with Principal viola Ferenc Molnar Verney then remained in the viola section for one more season, retiring at the end of after more than fifty seasons of orchestral service.
In the late s and into the s, Verney was also a member of the California String Quartet: Naoum Blinder first, William Wolski second, Romain Verney viola, and Michel Penha cello and with the membership changing in later seasons Romain Verney died in San Mateo, California on June 28, , aged 89 after a full career including a half century of leading orchestral work and teaching of several generations of musicians.
Jascha Veissi in He was brother of Harold Veissi, born Chuma Weissman in At some point in Paris, likely later, he formed a friendship with the great Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu whose music he later championed. He joined the violin section of the Cleveland Orchestra in the season. During , he adopted the name of Joseph Veissi and continued with the Cleveland Orchestra first violin section in the season. He further adapted his name to "Jascha " during Jascha Veissi was advanced to Assistant Concertmaster in Cleveland for four seasons, , and then to Second Concertmaster While in Cleveland, Jascha Veissa also played keyboard , being named Principal piano In , Jascha Veissi relocated to San Francisco, where he joined the orchestra first violins in the season.
Veissi was Seattle Symphony Concertmaster during the summer of Veissi became Principal viola in San Francisco in at which time the symphony suspended its activities. Jascha Veissi then moved to Los Angeles. Jascha Veissi played viola with the Los Angeles Philharmonic from about At that time, he owned a magnificent property on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles which he later sold to Lauritz Melchior who in turn later sold it to Warren Beatty.
Jascha Veissi played briefly with the Kolisch Quartet in about From about , Jascha Veissi suffered from an injury to his hand, and only gradually regained his playing ability. Then in the mids, Jascha Veissi turned to a solo career, playing with Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood in the summer of , and at festivals in the s. He also joined the Scripps Chamber Music Players in the late s. During most of his career, Jascha Veissi played a Gaspar de Salo viola. Jascha Veissi died in Carmel, California on October 11 Ferenc Molnar with the Roth Quartet.
Ferenc Molnar was born in Hungary on November 15, , and studied initially as a Mechanical Engineer. Ferenc Molnar served in World War 1 as an officer in the Hungarian army. He was captured and spent five years as a prisoner in Siberia. Newspaper accounts quoted Molnar as reporting that during his imprisonment he pried pieces of dried wood from his bunk and used steel wires to fashion a violin Ferenc Molnar and his wife relocated to the US in Being trained as an engineer after he emigrated, Molnar taught mechanical engineering at Stanford University Molnar later also taught stringed instruments at San Francisco State University.
Ferenc Molnar joined the San Francisco Symphony as Principal viola in the season, where he served for twenty seasons as Principal. During a good portion of this period, Molnar also played with the San Francisco String Quartet for ten seasons: During most of his career Molnar was particularly active in chamber music, including for 13 years the Roth String Quartet. The Roth Quartet, with Molnar made a number of well-remembered recordings in the s, including of Bach's "Art of the Fugue" for Columbia.
In it was recorded by Molnar with members of the Juilliard Quartet. Ferenc Molnar died in suburban San Francisco May 10, months before his ninetieth birthday.
Rolf Persinger was born on December, 12 After serving in the U. Persinger was promoted to Principal viola of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra , selected by Antal Dorati Dorati also selected Lorne Monroe as Principal cello in Minneapolis that season. Persinger was Assistant Principal viola of the Chicago Symphony Persinger accepted a demotion in the viola section, but Sayre did not 9. Sayre instead resigned for the Orchestra and the end of the season.
Rolf Persinger remained in the viola section of the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera until the end of the season. Rolf Persinger died in Arizona on March 16, , survived by his wife, Arden. Geraldine Lamboley was born in Tampa, Florida on July 22, She began studying violin at age seven. She was quoted in a newspaper article as having received her first viola " Geraldine Lamboley studied in Florida with John Tartaglia , later a violinist with the Minnesota Symphony Lamboley won a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Lillian Fuchs She won a series of competitions.
Geraldine Walther went on to a series of leading orchestral viola chairs. She was Assistant Principal viola of the Baltimore Symphony.
Geraldine Walther remained with the San Francisco for 29 seasons, through Geraldine Walther also teaches at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where the Takacs Quartet has been resident During this time, the section was ably lead by Yun-Jie Liu.
This was in about This appointment continued until Jonathan Vinocour was appointed Principal viola in In the season, with the appointment of Jonathan Vinocour as Principal viola, Yun-Jie Liu resumed the second chair of the violas of the San Francisco Symphony.
Jonathan Vinocour studied chemistry at Princeton University, where he graduated in magna cum laude, and also received the Sudler Prize in the Arts. Jonathan Vincour also studied at the Eastman School of Music preparatory school program. Jonathan Vinocour was also one of the founders in of the Koryo String Quartet: Vinocour was a regular substitute and additional musician for the Boston Symphony in the s while at the New England Conservatory. Then, Jonathan Vinocour was Principal viola of the St.
This lead to his successful audition for the Principal viola position of the Boston Symphony in In February, , Jonathan Vinocour with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco percussion section gave the first San Francisco performance of the Morton Feldman Rothko Chapel , often referred to as a "minimalist" composition where the sonorities of the instruments is a major part of the musical intent.
Marc Lifschey said ' Adolph Bertram was born in Germany in August, He came to the U. By , Adolph Bertram was Principal oboe in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, where he remained at least until Bertram remained Principal oboe for three seasons In Adolph Bertram moved to St.
Louis, where he was Principal oboe and sometimes English horn in the St. Adolph Bertram seems to have died young, prior to August Apel joined the oboe section of the San Francisco Symphony in its inaugural season , probably as second oboe, sitting next to Adolph Bertram on the first stand. With the appointment of Cesare Addimando as Principal oboe in , August Apel returned to the second chair for that season, after which he departed the orchestra.
He died in San Francisco on October 14, Cesare Addimando was born in Foggia, on the east coast of Italy on November 13, Addimando emigrated to the U. So, we can hear the Addimando style. These recordings demonstrate a style of oboe playing without any vibrato or inflection which would not be accepted today. Addimando also taught at the Institute of Musical Arts later renamed the Juilliard School on its opening in the s. In , Cesare Addimando was a theatre musician in New York City, a position which often offered better pay and year-around work, compared with a symphony orchestra.
Addimando continued for 19 seasons until the shutdown of the San Francisco Symphony in the season. While in San Francisco, Cesare Addimando also played in a theater orchestra and taught. Cesare Addimando is said to have played a Lorée oboe.
Cesare Addimando died in San Joaquin, in the central valley of California on November 11, , near his 85th birthday. Cesar Addimando and legendary oboist and teacher Marcel Tabuteau , later of the Philadelphia Orchestra, both played in the New York Symphony Society orchestra in Addimando'a style of oboe playing was without vibrato or inflection which Tabuteau did not admire Visiting California during a Philadelphia Orchestra tour, Tabuteau was served a bottle of wine from Caesar Addimando's vineyard.
Tabuteau tasted Addimando's wine and said " San Francisco Symphony archives Also, some of his students recall the name change at this time. Since he clearly wished to use "Julien", it is adopted here also. Julien Shanis was of a musical family; his older brother, Ralph F.
Shanis, born in Belgium in was also a musician. Julien's father was the Belgian clarinetist Jean Shanis 51 , who was Principal clarinet of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in its initial season, and played in the symphony as Bass clarinet under both Henry Hadley and Alfred Hertz. In San Francisco, as well as the San Francisco Symphony, which had a short season, Jean Shanis was active across the musical scene, including performing with the orchestra of the San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in the summer of At the time of the Exhibition, Jean Shanis made the acquaintance of the legendary oboist Marcel Tabuteau , later of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Tabuteau had already been Principal oboe of the New York Symphony , Principal oboe of the Metropolitan Opera , and would later be Principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra Jean Shanis had the perception to recognize Tabuteau at the great oboe teacher he would become. He played for that one season, and then returned to the SFS oboe section in , and until the shut-down of the San Francisco in In , with the re-establishment of the San Francisco Symphony under Pierre Monteux, Julien Shanis was briefly the second chair oboe.
Upon his arrival at the end of , Pierre Monteux had the idea of bringing in an east coast oboe as Principal. John Canarina in his excellent Monteux biography recounts: The New York oboist [ note: Finally, he decided Shanis should get the job Julien Shanis was Principal oboe for three seasons, About this time, Shanis adapted his first name to "Julien. Julien Shanis was also an active oboe teacher, and among his students were John de Lancie, later of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Laila Storch, both of whom also studied with Julien Shanis's teacher Marcel Tabuteau at the Curtis Institute Laila Storch, author of the wonderful Tabuteau biography Marcel Tabuteau: Indiana University Press 81 has commented on Shanis as an artist and teacher.
Storch thought Julien Shanis the finest of the oboe section of the SFSO during his tenure in the s and s, and he was an inspiration to his students. Julien Shanis was also an avid fisherman, publishing articles on the subject. Julien Shanis died in Alameda, California in December Merrill Remington was born In Michigan on September 11, As a youth, Remington studied with private teachers in California.
The next season, Merrill Remington joined the San Francisco Symphony as Principal oboe section in the season. He succeeded Julius Shanis, who then moved to the second chair, becoming what we would call Assistant Principal oboe Merrill Remington was Principal oboe for twenty-seven seasons, Remington also played Hollywood recording sessions in off-season in the s, s, and early s , including for leading singers such as Frank Sinatra.
Merrill Remington died in San Francisco on January 14, at age He studied first at a business school at the urging of his parents, and then at the Paris Conservatoire in He left the Conservatoire for military service, returned to the Conservatoire in , but left without gaining his Prix in the annual Concour. He went to Brazil, playing in an orchestra in Belo Horizonte a capital city at the bulge of Brazil in and then at the Teatro Municipal opera house in Rio de Janeiro.
He served in the second oboe chair of the San Francisco Symphony Jean-Louis LeRoux continued to serve as Assistant Principal oboe until the end of the season. LeRoux also expanded into conducting, particularly of contemporary music. He also became conductor of the Modesto - California Symphony. He was briefly in the oboe section of the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra.
He then went to the Cleveland Orchestra as Principal in Lifschey remained in Cleveland until the end of the season, except for one year. The exception was the season, when he was Principal oboe with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Lifschey was subsequently named Principal oboe, and served with the San Francisco Symphony for a total of twenty-one seasons, from In the orchestra and teaching, Marc Lifschey had the reputation for being both kind and generous, different from the teaching style often adopted by teachers with a European conservatory training.
Marc Lifschey died at age 74 on November 8, in Portland, Oregon from complications resulting from diabetes. John Ferrillo was born in Massachusetts in He was raised in Bedford, Massachusetts in a musical family. Ferrillo's mother was a music teacher with a Masters degree in music education. He also participated at the Marlboro Music Festival.
Upon graduation from Curtis in , John Ferrillo freelanced for a year. In , he also played Principal oboe with the suburban Washington D. For six years during the late s and early s, John Ferrillo taught at the University of West Virginia. He was constantly working towards a major symphony orchestra position during these years.
In interviews, John Ferrillo has pointed out the challenges for a beginning musician to build a career. He said that he "blew off" nine years and 21 auditions, prior to landing his first position as assistant Principal oboe of the San Francisco Symphony Ferrillo in May, won the competition to become second oboe of the San Francisco Symphony to begin in the season, under Herbert Blomstedt.
Then, only months later, in September, , Ferrillo won the Principal oboe audition for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Ferrillo joined the MET for the season, and remained as Principal Oboe for fifteen seasons, to At the same time as his tenure at the Metropolitan Opera, Ferrillo taught oboe at the Juilliard School.
Then, in , Ferrillo succeeded Alfred Genovese, Principal oboe of the Boston Symphony who had retired at the end of the season. John Ferrillo is admired for his singing tone and phrasing, which some speculate may have been reinforced during his years at the Metropolitan Opera.
John Ferrillo's colleagues observe that his way of shaping and phrasing a line of music, and his intensity bring alive the teaching of Ferrillo's great mentor John de Lancie. Who could wish for higher praise? His was a musical family, and his father William Ralph Bennett Jr.
William Ralph Bennett Jr. William Bennett therefore studied clarinet first with his father , later taking over his sister's oboe. William Bennett was selected by Edo de Waart for the San Francisco Symphony oboe section beginning in the season as Assistant Principal oboe sitting at the first stand next to Principal oboe Marc Lifschey. William Bennett was been active in a number of music festivals during his career, including the Marlboro Festival - Vermont, the Aspen Festival - Colorado, and at the Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood.
William Bennett had a bout with throat cancer in , but recovered to his former abilities to the joy of his family and colleagues and his many fans. William Bennett commissioned, gave the premiere and recorded the Oboe Concerto of John Harbison with the San Francisco Symphony, written in , and performed in The San Francisco Symphony has a long tradition of greatness in its double reed musicians, and William Bennett continued to extend that tradition of excellence.
Tragically, during the San Francisco Symphony concert of Saturday, February 23, when he was playing the Strauss Oboe Concerto , one of Bill Bennett's favorite works, he collapsed on stage.
He was later diagnosed as having suffered a brain hemorrhage. William Bennett subsequently died on Thursday, February 28, , age only 56, and mourned by his many fans. His art lives on in his many great recordings, and in his students. Jonathan Fischer is currently Acting Principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony, while he also retains his position as Principal oboe with the Houston Symphony. Jonathan Fischer was then accepted at the Curtis Institute, Class of Then, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, he was Principal oboe for two seasons He then went to the Cleveland Orchestra as Assistant Principal oboe for two seasons In , Jonathan Fischer was named Principal oboe of the Houston Symphony in the season, a post he continues to hold while also serving as Acting Principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony.
San Francisco Symphony archives probably early Samuel Meerloo, the first Principal bassoon of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, was born in the Hague on December 26, [or , according to some sources], son of Hartog Meerloo and Jeanette Stibbe Meerloo Samuel Meerloo studied first with his musician father Hartog Meerloo.
Samuel Meerloo served as Principal bassoon in San Francisco for two seasons Samuel Meerloo then moved to Chicago where he was in Principal bassoon of the Chicago Opera Company orchestra under Cleofonte Campanini In the season, Samuel Meerloo moved back to San Francisco in the second chair of the bassoon section, what we would now call the Assistant Principal bassoon.
He served in that position for two seasons Samuel Meerloo died in , or in , according to some sources. He emigrated to the US at age 20 in As a Fashion Advisor, you are a brand ambassador and deeply Please note that all salary figures are approximations based upon third party submissions to SimplyHired or its affiliates.
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