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Price: $250.00

MINT CONDITION

BERNARD PARRONCHI – CELLIST

Autographed and inscribed 8” x 10” youthful glossy photograph in tongue and cheek Italian of the American cellist with his instrument.

 

Parronchi (1895-1982) was born in New York in 1895, he  studied cello in New York with William Willke, Anton Hekking in Berlin, Pablo Casals in Barcelona and Francesco Serato in Bologna.  The cellist started his career with the National Symphony Orchestra as principal cellist from 1918-1930. He also played in the Ysa˙e Quartet, one of the tribute quartets which bore the violinist’s name from 1939-1935.  Parronchi went on to play in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, where he taught locally; well-known cellist Dorothy Lenhart Fidlar was a pupil.  From 1945 to 1965 he played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and also was a member of the Neo-Russian String Quartet with Josef Gingold, Jacob Altschuler and Michael Rosenker.  Benny also had a touring career and played concerts throughout the Country.  He eventually retired to Florida, where he refused to be idle and kept his hand in as principal cellist with the Daytona Symphony Orchestra.  The cellist passed away in 1982.

 

I am not impartial to Parronchi, in my youth he was a dear friend of my grandmother and I knew him as Uncle Benny, a frequent guest in her home. 

 

I appreciate the help of Bridget Carr, Archivist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for verifying Uncle Benny’s teachers.