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Felix Slatkin

  • Birth 22 Dec 1915 Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
  • Death 8 Feb 1963 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Beth Olam Mausoleum, Section M-4
  • Memorial ID 8991

Violinist, Conductor, Arranger. He is considered one of the most versatile musicians ever to work in Hollywood. Born in St. Louis, he won a scholarship at age 10 to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied violin with Efrem Zimbalist and conducting with Fritz Reiner, and at 17 was appointed assistant principal violinist of the St. Louis Symphony. In 1939 he married cellist Eleanor Aller Slatkin and became concertmaster of the 20th Century-Fox Orchestra, for which he performed on the soundtracks of hundreds of films. As co-founder of the great Hollywood String Quartet, Slatkin recorded 21 albums and shared a 1958 Grammy for their version of Beethoven's Op. 130 Quartet. He was also a noted conductor-arranger of light and popular music, working frequently with Frank Sinatra in the 1950s and winning a second Grammy for Offenbach's "Gaite Parisienne", recorded with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra. He died of a heart attack at 47. Slatkin was the father of conductor Leonard Slatkin and cellist Fred Zlotkin.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 5 Apr 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8991
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Felix Slatkin (22 Dec 1915–8 Feb 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8991, citing Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .