In Memoriam

NameBirth Date/PlaceDeath Date/PlaceInformation
Karen TuttleMarch 28 1920
December 16 2010
Teacher at Curtis, Juilliard, Manhattan School, Mannes College, Philadelphia Musical Academy and Peabody.
Raphael HillyerApril 10 1914
Ithaca, New York, UNITED STATES
December 27 2010
Boston, Massachusette, UNITED STATES
Founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet from 1946, member for 23 years. Died at age 96.
Emanuel VardiApril 21 1915
Jerusalem, ISREAL
January 29 2011
North Bend, Washington, UNITED STATES
Noted Viola Soloist, recording artist, recorded Paganini's 24 caprices for solo violin on the viola.
Philipp NaegeleJune 22 1928
Stuttgart, GERMANY
January 31 2011
Violist at Marlboro Festival (1950-2010), longest participant ever. Violin/Viola Professor at Smith College (1964-2000). rn
Burt FischFebruary 08 1921
Brooklyn, New York
February 13 2011
Fallbrook, California Burt was the first violist to record the Bartok viola concerto and came to BYU and spoke about his experience in 2010.
William "Bill" D. MagersFebruary 13 1934
Horton, KS
November 05 2011
Tempe, AZ ?
See JAVS Vol. 28, No. 1, p. 9. Student of Stefan Krayk, Raphael Bronstein, David Dawson, Dorothy DeLay, Louis Kievman, Paul Rolland, and John Garvey. DMA in Viola and Music Theory from U. Southern California. Retired from Arizona State University, Tempe. Former AVS Executive Board member. Many awards, including Outstanding Service Award from ASTA. IVC XXXVI was dedicated to him.
James FawcettMarch 27 1932
February 24 2012
Nokomis, FL
Mr. Fawcett took up the violin at an early age, and at the urging of Efrem Zimbalist, Director of the Curtis Institute of Music, he switched to the viola. His first viola teacher was Karen Tuttle. He left Curtis for the opportunity to study with Joseph de Pasquale at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston from which he graduated. He returned to Curtis and studied with Max Aronoff until he graduated. Mr. Fawcett played in the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra while stationed in Germany in the late 1950's. His first major orchestral assignment was with the Pittsburgh Symphony, where he performed for four years under William Steinberg. In 1962 he became a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra, under Eugene Ormandy. Mr. Fawcett became Assistant Principal violist from 1967-1988 and advanced to Associate Principal violist from 1988 until his retirement in 1994. After relocating to Florida, Mr. Fawcett played with the Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota and the Southwest Florida Symphony in Fort Myers. He was the principal violist of the Southwest Florida Symphony from 2004 until 2008. He also enjoyed playing with the Venice Symphony, was principal violist and occasionally conducted the orchestra.
Carol Ann LuerFebruary 02 1946
Granite City, IL
March 03 2015
Creve Coeur, MO
Carol was a viola student of Dr. William Magers when he was an instructor at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL. During her visits to Phoenix, AZ, she would contact Dr. Magers and attended the Viola Congress held at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ where Dr. Magers who was a professor emeritus was honored at that gathering. Carol was a member of the Confluence Chamber Orchestra (formerly Silver Strings), St. Louis, MO under the direction of William Bauer, a well known violinist and violist.
Joseph de Pasquale
October 14 1919
Philadelphia, PA
June 22 2015
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joseph de Pasquale was a student of Louis Bailly, Max Aronoff and William Primrose at the Curtis Institute of Music. He was the principal violist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1947 to 1964, and later the Philadelphia Orchestra. He performed and recorded with Angelin Chang, Jascha Heifetz, Ruggiero Ricci, Isaac Stern, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Anshel Brusilow, among others. He also premiered several important compositions of the viola repertoire, including the Viola Concerto by Walter Piston and the Viola Sonata by George Rochberg, and recorded for the RCA, Sony, Boston, Albany Records, and Decca labels. Until his death at age 95, Joseph de Pasquale was Professor of Viola at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He raised a whole generation of prominent violists, among them Roberto Diaz, Stephen Wyrczynski, Viacheslav Dinerchtein, Richard Fleischman and Cathy Basrak.

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