- Boris Schwarz
(b Warsaw, Poland, Oct 11, 1892; d Gulfport, FL, April 29, 1981). American violinist and conductor of Polish birth. He made his first public appearance at the age of 11 with the Warsaw PO and toured the United States as a soloist in 1907. From 1908 to 1912 he was enrolled in Auer’s class at the St. Petersburg Conservatory; subsequently he was concertmaster of the Helsinki SO (1912–15) and the Oslo SO (1916–19). In 1920 he joined the Boston SO as concertmaster and remained in the post for 42 years, adding the duties of associate conductor in 1943 During his long tenure, he conducted over 300 concerts (including many premières and works by Mahler, Bruckner, Schoenberg, and Shostakovich), appeared as soloist, and led his own string quartet. He was head of the string department of the New England Conservatory of Music and in 1959...