Laredo (y Unzueta), Jaime (Eduardo)

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Laredo (y Unzueta), Jaime (Eduardo)

Laredo (y Unzueta), Jaime (Eduardo), Bolivian violinist, conductor, and teacher; b. Cochabamba, June 7, 1941. He was taken to the U.S. as a child, and studied violin with Antonio de Grassi and Frank Houser in San Francisco, where he made his formal debut as a soloist with the San Francisco Sym. at age 11. He continued his training with Gingold in Cleveland and Galamian at the Curtis Inst. of Music in Philadelphia. In 1959, a week before his 18th birthday, he won the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition in Brussels, and subsequently appeared with great success in America and Europe as a soloist with leading orchs. The proud Bolivian government issued a series of airmail stamps with Laredo’s picture and a musical example with the notes A, D, C in the treble clef, spelling his name in Latin notation (La- Re-Do). In 1960 he married Ruth Laredo (néeMeckler ) (divorced in 1974); his second wife was Sharon Robinson . With Robinson and the pianist Joseph Kalichstein, Laredo formed a trio in 1976, which toured extensively. He appeared regularly as a soloist and conductor with the Scottish Chamber Orch. in Glasgow from 1977, and led it on tours of the U.S. He taught at the St. Louis Cons, from 1983; was appointed co-artistic director of the Philadelphia Chamber Orch. in 1985. In 1992-93 he held the title of Distinguished Artist of the St. Paul (Minn.) Chamber Orch. In 1994 he served as president of the jury of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

Laredo (y Unzueta), Jaime (Eduardo)

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Laredo (y Unzueta), Jaime (Eduardo) (b Cochabamba, Bolivia, 1941). Amer. violinist of Bolivian birth. Début S. Francisco 1952. Won Queen Elisabeth of Belgians competition, 1959. NY début 1960, London 1961. World tours. Specialist in Bach and Handel.

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