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Price: $150.00

MINT CONDITION

Autographed and inscribed 6.5” x 10” presentation photograph of the Czech violinist, April18, 1952.  The image is a high quality program photograph.

 

Frait (1894-1971) was the son of a violinist who had numerous orchestral positions outside of Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia to be exact.  A student of his Father he made his debut with orchestra at the age of 14 playing the Beethoven Concerto with the National Theatre Orchestra in Zagreb.  He was sent to study in that City with Vaclav Huml and then was sent in 1911 to Vienna to study with Frantisek Ondricek where he remained until 1914.  He enlisted in the Serbian Army in 1915 and served through the War until 1919.  He then went to Prague to study in the Masters program at the Conservatory also with Ondricek.  In 1921 he made his professional debut with the Czech Philharmonic playing the Beethoven concerto once again and Ondricek presented him with one of his violins.  Ondricek considered him to be his finest pupil.  Ondricek then intervened and helped him land the Concertmaster position with the Opera in Olomouc.  He remained until 1923 when he took on a Professorship at the Belgrade Conservatory until 1925.  Radio was in its’ infancy and in Prague they were pulling together a radio orchestra and he was recruited as the first Concertmaster of the Orchestra.  He remained in that position until 1959.  He took a sabbatical from 1926-1927 where he toured Scandinavia.  He stopped in Berlin on the way back to play a recital in the Beethoven Festival held in memory of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death.  Frait continued to tour, in 1929, 1931-1932, 1934 and 1936 he played concerts in Yugoslavia.  Frait played works from both the Romantic repertory to the modern Czech repertory in his concerts.  He was often a soloist on the radio as well and made a number of recordings.  Frait also wrote his own cadenzas to the Beethoven Concerto, as well as the Slavik Concerto.  He also edited works by Beethoven, Corelli and Smetana.  His cadenza for the Beethoven Concerto is still played.

 

A rare violinist autograph.

VOJETCH FRAIT - VIOLINIST
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