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Phone: 212-860-5541


Price: $200.00



Youthful autographed postcard photograph of the virtuoso violinist.  Signed beneath Ondricek’s autograph is that of his brother-in-law pianist Karel Leitner who has written a few lines, and dated the postcasrd beneath his name, March 24, 1903.


Emanuel Ondricek (1880-1958) was the son of a conductor.  His much older brother Frantisek is better known today due to his friendship with Dvorak and the fact he performed the world premiere of the Dvorak Violin Concerto. There was also two other brothers, Karel (Jan Kubelik’s teacher) and Stanislav, as well as two sisters Mary and Augusta; all were musicians. Emanuel had a truly remarkable international career, far more expansive than his older brothers.  After his first years studying with his Father, Emanuel was sent in 1894 to study with Otakar Sevcik at the Prague Conservatory.  He graduated in 1899 and went to Brussels where he finished his studies with Eugene Ysa˙e.  He made a number of tours of Eastern and Western Europe including the major musical capitals.  In London for whatever reason, perhaps concerns for anti-Semitism performed under the name of “Floris”.  He opened his first school there. At the time he was an able competitor of Jan Kubelik.  He arrived in the United States in 1910 and in 1912 suffered a nervous breakdown.  His neurological condition ended his performing career.  That said he opened two music academies, Ondricek’s Studio of Violin Art in Boston and New York City and taught the Sevcik method his way.  His two sisters, one a violinist, the other a pianist helped with the endeavor, as well as their two husbands, pianist Karel Leitner and cellist Bedrich Vaska. Karel Ondricek who was at the time a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Kneisel Quartet’s wife Ella Kalova Ondricek was a violinist and helped teach at the school.  Leitner and Vaska were also conductors of various music ensembles.  Ondricek had a large number of pupils, perhaps the most important was virtuoso violinist Ruth Posselt.  Ondricek took Posselt around the world on tour conducting her performances, as he was no longer playing the violin.  He also married Ruth’s sister Gladys.  Some of his other students included Ruth’s husband and Auer pupil Richard Burgin who was the Boston Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, Charles Castelman and Harriet Emerson.  Ondricek was also a friend of Bohuslav Martinu who stayed with the violinist and his wife in their Cape Cod summer home in the so he could compose in peace and quiet.  In 1956 Ondricek was appointed Director of the Fine and Performing Arts School at Boston University.  He passed away 2 years later.  Ondricek wrote a number of works for violin as well as a string quartet.  He also edited a number of works and published a volume entitled, The Mastery of Tone Production and Expression on the Violin.