Eisenberg, Maurice

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Eisenberg, Maurice

Eisenberg, Maurice, outstanding German-born American cellist and pedagogue; b. Königsberg, Feb. 24, 1900; d. while teaching a cello class at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y, Dec. 13, 1972. He was taken to the U.S. as a child. He studied violin, then, at the age of 12, he took up the cello. He played as a youth in cafe orchs., and studied at the Peabody Cons, of Music in Baltimore. He was a cellist of the Philadelphia Orch. (1917- 19); then joined the N.Y Sym. Orch. He went to Europe in 1927 and studied in Berlin with Hugo Becker; in Leipzig with Julius Klengel; in Paris with Alexanian, where he also took lessons in harmony and counter-point with Boulanger; and in Spain with Casals. He then taught at the École Normale de Musique in Paris (1929–39); then appeared with major sym. orchs. and taught at various colleges. With M. Stanfield, he publ. Cello Playing of Today (1957).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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