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date: 21 November 2019

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  • Anne Minko


(b Odessa, Ukraine, Nov 17, 1899; d Rosemead, CA, Nov 15, 1962). Violinist of Russian birth. After studies with Max Fiedelmann in Odessa and Alexander Fiedelmann in Berlin, he was a pupil of Leopold Auer in St. Petersburg (1912–15). He made his formal concert debut on 1 September 1915 in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway, and, after a sensational European tour, his American debut on 14 April 1918 at Carnegie Hall. He then settled in the United States and became an American citizen in 1924. A player with a lush tone, fiery temperament, and secure technique, he won great popular and critical acclaim in subsequent tours of the United States, Europe, and Australia. In the early 1930s he interrupted his concert career to become a radio performer; for a time he was the advisory director of music for CBS. He moved to California in 1938 and worked as a staff musician for several film studios, including MGM and Paramount; among the films for which he played was David O. Selznick’s ...

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