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Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (ballet trailer)
by promoter Victor Hochhauser, performed by Bolshoi Ballet at Royal Opera House London
Victor Hochhauser (1923 to 2019) was a Slovak-born British music promoter. Victor Hochhauser was born in Kosice, then Czechoslovakia but now independent Slovakia, on March 27th 1923. The son of a Slovakian industrialist, both his grandfather and great-grandfather had been rabbis (he was also a direct descendent of the Chatam Sofer, another leading Orthodox Rabbi of European Jewry in the nineteenth century). He moved with his family to the United Kingdom from his own country in 1939, as Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. His career as a musical impresario started in 1945 at London's Royal Albert Hall and, in 1953 (following the death of Stalin) he became the first impresario to organise tours of the West by Soviet musicians, thereby introducing audiences to artistes such as David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter and Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Dmitri Shostakovich was also a house guest of his, and he and his wife quickly became known as "Britain's foremost independent promoters of classical music and ballet". Hochhauser brought to the country such ensembles as the Vienna Philharmonic, with conductors including Bruno Walter, Wilhelm Furtwangler and Josef Krips, plus others. The violinist Yehudi Menuhin was also invited to Britain by them to play the complete Beethoven cycle. He had first met his British future wife Lilian Shields when they were both working for the eminent pianist Rabbi Dr Solomon Schonfeld in London. They married in 1949 and had four children, one of which is the diplomat Mark Sofer. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by HM the Queen in 1993, with his wife receiving the same award in 2018. In 2009, they were given the Royal Academy of Dancing's highest honour, the "Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award", and in June the following year his family were presented with the Order of Friendship by Russia. Victor Hochhauser died at a London hospital on March 22nd 2019, five days short of his 96th birthday.
Posted: 25th April 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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