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Zvi Zeitlin
updated: May 03, 2012, 10:00 AM

Source: Music Academy of the West President

Music Academy of the West President Scott Reed has issued the following statement regarding the death of celebrated violinist Zvi Zeitlin, who served as a faculty member at the renowned classical music institution from 1973 to 2011: "Zvi Zeitlin was a living testament to the power and nobility of music and life lived in its service," said Mr. Reed. "An iconic presence in the great concert halls and teaching studios of the world, Zvi was a man of uncommon vision and generosity of spirit, and we are profoundly grateful for his many lasting contributions to the Music Academy of the West over nearly four decades. An entire generation of accomplished, self-assured violinists will serve as an enduring tribute to his extraordinary gifts as a teacher and mentor."

Considered one of the most important violinists of the 20th century, Mr. Zeitlin became the youngest scholarship student in the history of Juilliard at age 11, and went on to perform the entire violin repertoire with most of the great orchestras of the world under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Christoph von Dohnányi, James Levine, Pierre Boulez, and Igor Stravinsky. A founding member of the Eastman Trio, he recorded all of Stravinsky's violin and piano works and the unaccompanied Elegy, as well as works by American composers Copland, Reynolds, Foss, Druckman, Adler, and Rochberg. Mr. Zeitlin recently retired as professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music, where he had been a faculty member since 1967. He was named the conservatory's first Kilbourn Professor (1974) and Distinguished Professor of Violin (1998). In January he became the inaugural recipient of the honorary title Emeritus Faculty Member in recognition of his many contributions while at the Music Academy of the West. Mr. Zeitlin died at age 90 on May 2 in New York. The Music Academy will celebrate his legacy during its 65th annual Summer Festival, which begins June 18.

Founded in 1947, the Music Academy of the West is among the nation's preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted young classical musicians. The Academy provides these promising musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and frequent performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Admission to the Academy is strictly merit based, and Fellows receive full scholarships (tuition, room, and board). Academy alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and university and conservatory faculties throughout the world. Many enjoy careers as prominent solo artists. Based in Santa Barbara, the Music Academy of the West presents more than 200 public events annually, including performances by faculty, visiting artists, and Fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and fully staged opera. The Music Academy began broadcasting live simulcasts by the world-renowned Metropolitan Opera at Hahn Hall in October 2008. For more information, visit www.musicacademy.org.


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