Kaminski, Joseph, Russian-born Israeli violinist and composer; b. Odessa, Nov. 17, 1903; d. Gedera, Oct. 14, 1972. He studied composition with Friedrich Koch in Berlin and Hans Gal in Vienna. He was concertmaster of the Warsaw Radio Orch., then emigrated to Tel Aviv, where he was concertmaster of the Palestine (later Israel Phil.) Orch. (1937–69).
orch.: Trumpet Concertino (1940-41; Tel Aviv, May 5, 1941); Ha’Alijah, variations (1942); Comedy Overture (1944); Ballade for Harp and Chamber Orch. (Tel Aviv, Feb. 2, 1946); Violin Concerto (1947-49; Tel Aviv, 1954); 3 Israeli Sketches (1955); Variations for English Horn and Strings (1958); Symphonic Overture (1960). chamber: String Quartet (1945); Triptych for Piano (1958).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire