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Jernej Weiss

(b Brno, Czech Republic, Oct 17, 1868; d Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 11, 1940). Czech composer, cellist, and music educator. Immigrated to Slovenia in 1898. After playing the cello at the Secondary School of Music of the Music Society in Brno (1884–85), he began in ...

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Michelle Vigneau

(b Gladewater, TX, Dec 3, 1938; d Elyria, OH, Feb 8, 2006). American oboist, baroque oboist, viola da gambist, and educator. He earned a diploma in 1961 from the Curtis Institute where he studied with john de Lancie . Caldwell served as principal oboist of the National SO (NSO) from ...

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Nicholas Tochka

(b Tirana, Albania, Dec 8, 1945). Albanian conductor and violinist. The son of vocalist Mihal Ciko and nephew of composer Nikolla Zoraqi, he was a leading member of the first generation of musicians to be trained by socialist-era Albania’s new music institutions. A virtuoso violinist, he graduated from the State Conservatory in ...

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James Bash

(b New York, NY, June 20, 1967). American violinist and educator. The daughter of pianists claude Frank and lilian Kallir , she began violin lessons at the age of five. She studied with Shirley Givens for 11 years before continuing with Szymon Goldberg and ...

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Sorab Modi and Anya Laurence

(b Vienna, Austria, May 12, 1910; d New York, NY, Nov 10, 1999). Violinist and teacher of Austrian birth. He attended the Vienna Conservatory, where his principal teachers were Simon Pullman and Adolf Back. He made his debut in Vienna in 1929, playing Ludwig van Beethoven’s violin concerto, and the same year formed the first Galimir String Quartet, with members of his family. In the period ...

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Anne Dhu McLucas

(b Brussels, Belgium, April 8, 1756; d United States, c1820). American flemish violinist, composer, and pedagogue active in England and the United States. After touring France and Germany he was from about 1780 a violin virtuoso in London, where he published two instrumental instruction books; a theoretical treatise on harmony, counterpoint, and figured bass; various string quartets, trios, and duos; and theatrical pieces for the Royal Circus and the Royal Grove (...

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Antigona Rădulescu

(b Galați, Romania, March 3, 1926; d Bucharest, Romania, March 17, 2010). Romanian violinist and pedagogue. He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bucharest where he was noticed by George Enescu, who recommended him (and his brother, Valentin Gheorghiu) for a scholarship at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris. While at the Conservatoire he studied with, among others, Maurice Hewitt (violin) and Noel Gallon (harmony and counterpoint). Upon his return to Romania he continued his studies at the Bucharest Conservatory, studying the violin with Vasile Filip and Garabet Avakian and music theory with Mihail Jora. He also studied with David Oistrakh in Moscow....

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Anne Dhu McLucas

(b ?England, 1770; d Philadelphia, PA, Sept 16, 1826). American violinist, conductor, music teacher, and composer. He was active in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York from 1793 to 1826. He is said to have played at the Handel Commemoration in Westminster Abbey in ...

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Anya Laurence

(b Trieste, Italy, Sept 1, 1926; d Bloomington, IN, Nov 20, 2001). Violinist and teacher of Italian birth. Gulli began violin studies with his father, who had been a pupil of Ševčík and Marak at the Prague Conservatory, and graduated from the Conservatory of Trieste in ...

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Kostas Chardas

(b Kastoria, Greece, March 14, 1966). Greek composer, composition teacher, and guitarist. Up to 1993 he studied music theory and the guitar at the Macedonian Conservatoire, where he also studied composition with Theodore Antoniou (diploma in 1997). Parallel to his academic career in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (from ...