Krasner, Louis, Russian-born American violinist; b. Cherkassy, June 21, 1903; d. Brookline, Mass., May 4, 1995. He was taken to the U.S. as a small child. He studied violin with Eugene Gruenberg and composition with Converse at the New England Cons, of Music in Boston, graduating in 1923, and then went abroad, where he studied violin with Flesch, Capet, and Ševčik. From 1944 to 1949 he was concertmaster of the Minneapolis Sym. Orch. He then was prof. of violin and chamber music at Syracuse Univ. (1949-71), and subsequently taught at the New England Cons. of Music (from 1974). He commissioned and gave the first performance of Berg’s Violin Concerto (Barcelona, April 19, 1936); also gave the premiere of Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto (Philadelphia, Dec. 6, 1940, Stokowski conducting).
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