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Mozart: Quintet in E flat major for Horn and String Quartet, K. 407
by John Barrows, French horn, & Fine Arts Quartet, feat. Abram Loft, second violin
CATCH-UP: Abram Loft (1922 to 2019) was an American violinist, academic and author. Abram Loft was born on January 7th 1922 in New York City, USA. He attained his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in 1942 and his Master of Arts there two years later. From 1950 he became a Doctor of Philosophy at the same university, and was awarded an honorary Music Degree by Northland College in 1977. An accomplished violinist and violist, he lectured in music history at the Manhattan School of Music from 1951 to 1954, and was then a member of the 'Fine Arts Quartet' until 1979 - with them, he performed in concert throughout America, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East, and served with that ensemble on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1963 to 1979. Loft left in that year to serve as chair of the string department and professor of chamber music at the Eastman School of Music, until his eventual retirement in 1986. He was a former member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Musicological Society and of College Music Society's Symposium, and a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. He was also a published author of two important works regarding chamber music, and held further memberships of the Judge Paul Foundation, the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition Institute of International Education, the International Invitational Competition for Violin, and the Lincoln Academy Illinois. Loft married Mildred (Jill) Sternberg on December 21st 1948, and they had two sons and a daughter together (Jill pre-deceased him in 2015). Further distinctions included the University of Rochester's "Edward P. Curtis Award for Undergraduate Teaching" in 1984, and the American String Teachers Association's "Distinguished Service Award" in 1993. He continued to serve as a competition judge and chamber music coach in America and abroad right up until his death. Abram Loft died in South Rochester on February 1st 2019, aged 97. His three children survive him.
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Posted: 23rd March 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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