Piastro, Mishel [Michel ]
(b Kerch, Crimea, Russia, June 19, 1891; d New York, NY, April 10, 1970). American violinist. He attended the St. Petersburg Conservatory from 1903 to 1910, where he was a violin pupil of Leopold Auer. He was active as a concert violinist before immigrating to the United States in 1920; that same year he made his debut in New York and then toured the country. In 1925 he was appointed concertmaster and assistant conductor of the San Francisco SO; from 1931 to 1943 he was concertmaster of the New York PO, under Toscanini and then Barbirolli, and while with the orchestra appeared frequently as a soloist. He was also first violinist of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony String Quartet, and in the 1930s and 1940s often appeared as a recitalist and chamber music performer in New York. For over 25 years beginning in 1941 he conducted radio station WOR’s “Longines Symphonette.” Piastro was also active as a teacher for most of his professional life....