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PATRICIA TRAVERS - VIOLINIST

Autographed and inscribed sepia De Bellis New York 8” x 10” photograph of the important child prodigy violinist at the age of eighteen, 1945.

 

Travers, (1927-2010) remains one of the true child prodigy mysteries. She was born to a wealthy family.  Her father was an attorney and property developer who made violins as a hobby.  He gave her a miniature violin for her third birthday. Three years later she gave her first solo recital and her first professional recital in 1938 at the age of 11.  The young violinist made a sensational Carnegie Hall debut on January 15, 1940 playing the Mendelssohn concerto. She made her first recital tour after her auspicious debut.

 

The same year, Hollywood was looking for a young violinist to play Anton Rubinstein’s “romance for violin” for a film entitled "There's Magic in Music." She won the part over hundreds of other children and was such a quick study and ham in rehearsal that they gave her lines. After the one experience, her parents ended her film career, though Hollywood begged for more. She toured Nationally, including at least 60 concerts with orchestra. One of the concerts at Carnegie Hall included the first performance of Dai-Kong Lee's "Incantation and Dance." From May through June, 1948 she toured the major cities of Europe to great critical acclaim.

 

In 1951, at the age of 23, she played the Brahms concert in three concerts with Lorin Maazel and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  After the final concert put down her violin for the last time; she never played again in public again.  She was so private it is not known whether she played for herself. Travers never married and ran her families real estate business. She sold her Stradivarius in 1954. (The Tom Taylor) Joshua Bell owned the violin, though it has been sold since. Apparently she kept her Guarneri del Gesu in her breakfront.

 

Shortly before her retirement, she made the first commercial recording of the Ives 2nd Sonata. There is also another YouTube recording of the young violinist playing the Saint-Saëns "Rondo Capriccioso" over the Armed Services Radio with Lionel Barrymore announcing her. Once heard, you will understand what an amazing talent this young woman was at the time of her retirement.

 

A scarce violin prodigy autograph.  Only the second we have had since our founding in 2001.