One of the most famous cellists of this century is turning 75 today (Monday, July 5, 1999).
Janos Starker, who was born on July 5, 1924, in Budapest, was a teenage student at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and after World War II, he emigrated via France to the United States. Within a half-century, he has made well over 100 recordings, is a much sought-after soloist, and also has a worldwide reputation as a teacher. Talented young cellists compete hard over admission to the Bloomington School of Music in Indiana, where he has taught for 40 years, or they attend one of the master classes he combines with his numerous concert tours. Besides that, Starker stands out with his deep knowledge of repertory, as he employed with several American orchestras for ten years after World War II. First, he played in Dallas, then at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and after that at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Georg Hirsch spoke with the multi-faceted cellist.
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