World Renowned IU Cellist Dies At 88

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World Renowned Cellist Janos Starker died Sunday at the age of 88.  He was a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, concert soloist and distinguished professor at Indiana University.  IPBS’s Sara Wittmeyer has more on Starker’s legacy.


Starker began playing the cello when he was six in Hungary.  He said his big break came when he was 15 years old and performed the Zoltan Kodaly Sonata for Solo Cello – a piece known for being unplayable

Starker was held in a Nazi war camp during World War II. In 1948 he emigrated to the U.S. and joined the Dallas Symphony, then the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and finally the Chicago Symphony. Ten years after entering the country he officially joined the Indiana University faculty and resumed his solo career as well.

Starker said he thought he was put on earth to be a teacher, educating the next generation of musicians.


Sara Wittmeyer – IPBS


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