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Josef Suk
Birth: Aug. 8, 1929
Prague
Okres Praha
Prague Capital City, Czech Republic
Death: Jul. 6, 2011
Prague
Okres Praha
Prague Capital City, Czech Republic

Violinist. He carried on the musical heritage of his grandfather, violinist and composer Josef Suk, and of his great-grandfather, the legendary composer Antonin Dvorak. Raised in Prague, he was drawn to music early though his father had not gone into the 'family business'; giving his first public recital at 11, he trained at the Prague Conservatory with Jaroslav Kocian and in his late teens made his first international appearances in Brussels and Paris. By the early 1950s Suk was orchestra conductor of the Prague National Theatre and thru the next dacade was leader and violinist of the Suk Trio (named for his grandfather) and of the Prague Quartet. He occasionally filled-in as violist of the Smetena Quartet, made his solo debut at Prague in 1954, and built a reputation for performing the works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahams as well as those of the Czech grand masters. Suk made his London and New York bows in 1964, on both occasions using the Dvorak Violin Concerto as his vehicle; London heard him at the BBC Proms under the baton of Sir Malcolm Sargent while in New York he performed at Carnegie Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra and George Szell. He was to continue his career on both sides of the Atlantic and while praise was not universal, as he depended more on technical skill than "flash", he was well respected for his interpretations. Suk led the Suk Chamber Orchestra from 1974 until 2000, was designated National Artist of his native land, earned the Edison Prize in 1974, produced a few compositions of his own, and was a six time winner of the Grand Prix du Disque, his honored albums including a 1960 reading of the Violin Sonatas of Leos Janacek and Claude Debussy and a 1968 performance of the Violin Concerto of Alban Berg. At his death following a protracted illness much of his large recorded legacy remained in print. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Burial:
Vysehradsky Cemetery
Prague
Okres Praha
Prague Capital City, Czech Republic
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Jul 08, 2011
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