Samuel Epstein, Longtime Cleveland Orchestra Violinist, Dies at 96

Classic Arts News   Samuel Epstein, Longtime Cleveland Orchestra Violinist, Dies at 96
 
Samuel Epstein, a violinist in the Cleveland Orchestra for 36 years, died on December 8, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. He was 96.

Born in Pinsk, Russia, into a family of musicians, Epstein moved to the United States as a teenager. He had little formal training as a musician, but was hired by the Detroit Symphony when he was 21.

In 1959, conductor George Szell asked Epstein to join the Cleveland Orchestra, prompting an accusation from Detroit Symphony conductor Karl Krueger that Szell was "raiding" his orchestra. Epstein remained in Cleveland until his retirement in 1985, playing under he leadership of Szell, Lorin Maazel, and Christoph von Dohnšnyi.

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