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Rare autographed 8” x 10” semi-gloss original double-weight sepia photograph of the Ukrainian born, American violinist whilst Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago, October, 1925.

 

The short lived Gordon (1899-1948) was born in Odessa.  He was admitted to the Imperial Conservatory and studied with Franz Stupa.  He won the Imperial Gold Medal there for his performance at age 13.  Gordon made his professional stage debut in Berlin in 1911 and in 1913 he toured Europe as a wunderkind.  He moved to America with his family in 1914 and making an American tour 1914-15 as a concert violinist. Gordon then enrolled at the School of Musical Arts in New York City (later Juilliard) and studied with former Boston Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Franz Kneisel.  In 1918 he led the Berkshire Sting Quartet, formerly the Kortshak Quartet at its’ founder Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge’s insistence.  In 1920 Frederick Stock, the Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra appointed him concertmaster for the 1920-21 season. As Concertmaster he was appointed head of the string department of the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.  He held the position for 9 seasons, leaving in 1930.  Amusingly in June 1930, Gordon dressed as a bum went out into the streets of Chicago in the heart of the Great Depression to see if people appreciated his playing.  He raised over $5.00 for his playing which under the circumstances was quite a successful day.

 

Gordon also founded a well known string quartet which bore his name in 1921.  The violinist left his post with the Chicago Symphony due to the engagements which were piling up for the Quartet.   The players in the initial group included Edwin Elder, Joseph Vieland and Naoum Benditsky.  Other players came over the years including David Sachson, William Lincer and Fritz Magg.  The Quartet toured throughout the Country until 1947, a year before Gordon’s early death, disbanding after Gordon suffered his first stroke.  

 

Gordon purchased a Connecticut Summer home in 1930 where he established a Summer home for the Quartet and a Music School called Music Mountain which is still in operation today and run by the Gordon family.  In 1941 Gordon joined the Eastman School of Music as a Professor and in 1942 was appointed Chairman of the String department.  His collection of scores is housed at the Sibley library there today.  Gordon also was a conductor, he was the second Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra as of 1936 and was also a regular conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.  He remained with the orchestra until 1938.

 

Gordon suffered a stroke in 1947 and the second stroke in 1948 took his life at the age of 49.

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