- Boris Schwarz
(b New York, Nov 18, 1902; d Englewood, NJ, Oct 5, 1995). American viola player, composer and teacher, sister of Joseph Fuchs. She studied the violin with Svecenski and Kneisel, and composition with Goetschius, at the New York Institute of Musical Art (now the Juilliard School), winning several awards on graduation. Her New York début in 1926 was as a violinist, but she soon turned to the viola, and was a member of the Perolé String Quartet from 1927 to the mid-1940s. As well as appearing regularly in the chamber concerts of the Musicans’ Guild with her brothers Joseph (violin) and Harry (cello) (b 1908; d Cleveland, 1986), she toured extensively as a solo violist in the USA and in Europe, and played at the 1953 Casals Festival at Prades. Several viola works were written for her, including a Sonata (1955) by Jacques de Menasce; Martinů’s ...