Brown, Eddy American violinist; b. Chicago, July 15, 1895; d. Abano Terme, Italy, June 14, 1974. He was given his first violin lessons by his father; then was taken to Europe, and studied in Budapest with Hubay. He won a violin competition at the age of 11 playing the Mendelssohn Concerto in Budapest. He then proceeded to London, and eventually to Russia, where he became a pupil of Auer. Returning to the U.S. in 1915, he made several transcontinental tours; was a soloist with the N.Y Phil, the Chicago Sym. Orch., the Philadelphia Orch., and the Boston Sym. Orch. In 1922 he founded the Eddy Brown String Quartet; in 1932 he became president of the Chamber Music Soc. of America, which he organized. He became active in educational programs over the radio; was music director of the Mutual Broadcasting System (1930–37) and of station WQXR in N.Y (1936–55). From 1956 to 1971 he was artistic coordinator of the Univ. of Cincinnati Coll.-Cons. of Music.
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