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The eminent Polish-born American violinist, teacher, and conductor Szymon Goldberg was born June 1, 1909 in W?oc?awek, Poland. He began playing violin as a child in Warsaw. In 1917 he moved to Berlin where he  took violin lessons from Carl Flesch.

1639 - Death of German composer Melchior Franck.

1723 - Johann Sebastian Bach became cantor of the Thomasschule in Leipzig, Germany.

1771 - Ferdinando Paer, Italian composer, conductor and violinist, was born.

1849 - Birth of American composer James Henry Fillmore, Sr.

1853 - Premiere of Franz Liszt's Fantasy on Themes from Beethoven's Ruins of Athens and Fantasy on Hungarian Themes for piano and orchestra.

1892 - Samuel Barlow, US composer, was born.

1921 - Nelson Riddle,  arranger-conductor for Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Nat ´King´ Cole and Capitol Records pop singers of the '50's and '60's, was born.

1925 - Premiere of Ernst Bloch's Concerto Grosso for strings and piano.

1961 - FM multiplex stereo broadcasting was tested for the first time in Los Angeles, Schenectady, NY, and Chicago. FM-stereo transmission began in 1962.

1988 - Premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Symbolon for orchestra. New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta conducting in Lenningrad.

1991 - Premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies's Ojai Festival Overture.
Violinist Szymon Goldberg
Szymon Goldberg
After a recital in Warsaw in 1921, he was offered the position of concertmaster of the Dresden Philharmonic, where he stayed from 1925 to 1929. In 1929 he became concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, but was forced to leave in 1934 despite Wilhelm Furtwängler attempts to protect Jewish members of the orchestra. Goldberg then toured Europe. He made his American debut in New York in 1938. While in Java, on a tour of Asia, he was imprisoned by the Japanese. His imprisonment lasted from 1942 to 1945. Eventually he went to the USA, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1953. Goldberg taught at the Aspen Music School from 1951 to 1965.

The Festival Arts Quartet, which included Symon Goldberg were renowned in the 1950's and 60's. Concurrently he was active as a conductor. In 1955 he founded the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam. The group had at least 20 permanent string players, but had no permanent wind or percussion players. They contracted these musicians as necessary. Goldberg led the group for 22 years. After Goldberg's departure the group continued on independently, but merged into the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in 1986. From 1977 to 1979 Goldberg was conductor of the Manchester Camerata.

Beginning in 1978 Goldberg joined the faculties of several distinguished schools of music. At Yale University  his students included Lisa Sutton of the Primavera Trio. At the Juilliard School in New York he taught Deborah Redding of the Colorado Quartet. He also taught Sarak Kwak at the Manhattan School of music, and was on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

From 1990 until his death Goldberg conducted the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo.

Szymon Goldberg died July 19, 1993, in Ôyama-machi, Japan.
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