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Death of a concertmaster

All life long, Isidor Saslav loved to lead orchestras.

Born in Jerusalem, he was accepted into the Detroit Symphony at 17 years old and never looked back. He went on to become concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Minnesota Symphony, Baltimore Sym­phony, New Zealand Symphony, the Dallas Opera, Kennedy Center (Terrace Theater) Opera, the Baltimore Opera and Indiana University Opera. Until quite recently, he was concertmaster in Texas of the  Longview Symphony Orchestra under con­ductor Tonu Kalam and of the Beaumont Symphony Orchestra.

Saslav, who was a noted authority on Haydn, died on January 26, aged 74.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for posting. He was an extraordinarily nice man, terrific fiddle player, and impressive scholar. He also founded the noted Round Top Festival in Texas.

  2. I was a member of an orchestra that Isidor Saslav was concertmaster of. He was a very kind gentle man who totally led by example. There was never a cross word from him thus many in the ‘band’ felt he was weak. I certainly did not. The musical world has a real loss. If she is still alive my condolances to Mrs. Saslav

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