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date: 18 November 2019

Erdesz, Otto locked

  • Laurence Libin

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(b Hungary, 1917; d Toronto, ON, July 12, 2000). Hungarian luthier. While studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest he became interested in violin making under the influence of Max Frirsz, and made his first violins while working as a graphic artist. Conscripted in World War II, he was captured and imprisoned by the Russian army. Following the Hungarian uprising in 1956, he and his first wife and two sons emigrated to New York and opened a fabric design studio, but he gave up the business, divorced, and turned to making violins professionally. Having met the Israeli violist Rifka Golani when the Israel Philharmonic purchased two of his violas, he moved in 1973 to be with her in Tel Aviv. The following year the couple emigrated to Toronto, where Erdesz opened a successful violin shop. Leaving Toronto about 1990 after his second divorce, he opened a shop in Niagara Falls, New York, and later one in Fort Lee, New Jersey....

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