Jacqueline du Pré

Jacqueline du Pré

Birth
Oxford, City of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Death 19 Oct 1987 (aged 42)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 7577039 · View Source
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Acclaimed Cellist, Musical Prodigy. At the age of ten, she studied under William Pleeth. She then studied with Casals, Tortelier and Rostropovich. In 1965, she recorded the Elgar Concerto with Sir John Barbirolli and the London Symphony Orchestra, establishing her stardom. She went on to play with many of the worlds greatest musicians. Her friendship with Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zuckerman, led to the famous film by Christopher Nupen of their Schubert "Trout" Quintet. In 1967 she married pianist Daniel Barenboim. TIME magazine wrote, "Thus began one of the most remarkable relationships, personal as well as professional, that music has known since the days of Clara and Robert Schumann." Their marriage led to some fruitful collaboration, evidenced in many recordings with Barenboim as pianist or conductor. Later in her career, she began losing feeling in her fingers, and her arms. By the Autumn of 1973 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She continued to teach periodically, but the deterioration of her health gained momentum and finally, on 19th October, 1987, she died at the age of forty-two.

Bio by: Kieran Smith


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  • Originally Created by: Kieran Smith
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 7577039
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jacqueline du Pré (26 Jan 1945–19 Oct 1987), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7577039, citing Golders Green Jewish Cemetery, Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .