Text Box: VIOLINIST autographs


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Price: $85.00



Autographed presentation style photograph of the great Czech violinist signing a photograph of himself to Supraphon executive Antonin Vilimovi, May, 1975. The original 5 x 7 image is affixed to a 6.5 x 10 mount.

A portion of our Czech collection was compiled by Vilimovi who had unparalleled access to composers and musicians in Czechoslovakia of the time. Many of the photographs, as this one were added to a book of similar presentation style photographs by the executive. They are unique and you will not find them anywhere else.

Suk (1929-2011) was musical royalty in Czechoslovakia.  He was the grandson of the composer-violinist Josef Suk of the Bohemian Quartet fame and great-grandson of composer Antonin Dvorak.  He had much to live up to and was clearly became the most important post-War Czech virtuoso violinist.  The government was so proud of his accomplishments that he was one of the few Czech musicians who was allowed regular international travel whilst the Communists were in power.

The senior Josef Suk arranged for his young grandson to study with legendary violinist Jaroslav Kocian who at the time was running the masters program at the Prague Conservatory. He remained with Kocian until his death in 1950, graduating from the Conservatory in 1951. Whilst at the Conservatory he studied with a number of important Professors there including violinist  Norbert Kubat Jr. and composer Karel Snebergr.  He then studied at the Prague Academy of Music with the Czech Philharmonic Concertmaster Alexander Plocek and violinist Marie Hlounova.  Suk's public debut was in 1940. When Alexander Plocek left the Prague Quartet as first violinist in 1951, Suk took over his position for a year.  He left the Quartet in 1952 to found the Suk Trio with pianist Jan Panenka and cellist Josef Chuchro which became one of the premier chamber ensembles in Prague and abroad.  In November 1954, Suk gave his first major solo recital.  Heard by George Szell who was in Prague for concerts at the time, he was hired on the spot to come to the United States for his American debut in concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra.  He made his first major European tour in 1958 in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Romania.  This cemented his reputation as an international virtuosos violinist to be reckoned with.  When Vasa Prihoda passed away in 1960, he was lent his Stradivarius by the Czech government to whom it had been left.  His regular pianist a this time was Zuzana Ruzickova, a Holocaust survivor in Auschwitz who after the War became a specialist in early music who is perhaps better known for her harpsichord recordings.  In 1963 he formed a new trio with the American pianist Julius Katchen and Hungarian-American cellist Janos Starker which lasted until Katchen's early death in 1969. In 1961 he became a regular guest soloist with the Czech Philharmonic both in Czechoslovakia and on tour.  Which led to his guest soloist gig on their 1964 three Continent tour.  Suk toured extensively on his own throughout the World and left a large catalog of recordings of solo, chamber and works with violin and orchestra. 

Perfect for display!