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Marian Filar
Birth: 1917
Warsaw, Poland
Death: Jul. 10, 2012
Wyncote
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA

Pianist. He shall be remembered for his long performing career which was devoted primarily to the works of his fellow countryman Frederic Chopin as well as for his memoir of surviving the Holocaust. Raised in the Polish capital he evidenced his talent early, first playing in public at five; at 12 he performed Mozart's Concerto in D Minor with the Warsaw Philharmonic and was a student at the Warsaw Conservatory when his education was halted by the onset of World War II. Shipped to a series of concentration camps after his participation in the Warsaw Uprising of April 1943, his life was spared when he came under the protection of a music loving Nazi officer in Schlieben. Resuming his studies after the conflict he trained with reputed Nazi sympathesizer Walter Gieseking and thru the late 1940s had an increasingly busy concert and radio schedule throughout Europe. After spending two years in Sao Paolo, Brazil, he arrived in the United States in 1950 and made his American debut at Chautauqua with Chopin's Concerto in F Minor. Filar took up residence in Philadelphia where he held professorships at the Settlement Music School and later at Temple University. He was to bow at Carnegie Hall on New Year's Day 1952 and to appear in recital throughout the Western Hempsphere while becoming a regular with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Filar retired to emeritus status in 1988, was able to appear with the Warsaw Philharmonic in 1992, and remained active as a teacher and competition judge. In 2000 he was to publish "From Buchenwald to Carnegie Hall", a blunt account of life in the camps; at his death from the effects of advanced age a portion of his recorded legacy encompassing much of the Chopin canon remained available. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Burial:
Montefiore Cemetery
Jenkintown
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 26, 2012
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Marian Filar
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