Grumiaux, Arthur

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Grumiaux, Arthur

Grumiaux, Arthur, eminent Belgian violinist; b. Villers- Perwin, March 21, 1921; d. Brussels, Oct. 16, 1986. He studied violin and piano with Fernand Quinet at the Charleroi Cons, and violin with Alfred Dubois at the Royal Cons, in Brussels; also took private lessons in composition with Enesco in Paris. In 1940 he was awarded the Prix de Virtuosité from the Belgian government. In 1949 he was appointed prof. of violin at the Royal Cons. In 1973 he was knighted by King Baudouin for his services to music; he thus shared the title of baron with Paganini. His performances were characterized by a studied fidelity to the composer’s intentions, assured technical command, and a discerning delineation of the inner structures of music.


L. and M. Winthrop, A. G.: Gloire de Vecole beige du violon (Lausanne, 1996).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire