Borivoje “Bora” Angelich

Borivoje “Bora” Angelich

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Death 18 May 2012 (aged 78)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Plot LM-43-119B-0
Memorial ID 90322569 · View Source
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Borivoje Angelich joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as a violinist in 1965. He grew up in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, where he graduated from the Academy of Music with a master's degree in performing arts. He was concertmaster of the Belgrade Symphony Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Grand Opera of Belgrade Orchestra and the Belgrade Radio Symphony. Before coming to the United States, he went to North Africa where he was concertmaster of the Tunis Classical Orchestra.
Mr. Angelich's son, Nicholas, is a well-established solo pianist who performed his first concert at the age of seven. Nicholas performs across Europe and North America with the world's top orchestras and has an extensive recording career. He has even performed with the CSO on several occasions in 1992, 1993, 2006 and 2009.

I had the pleasure of getting to know "Bora" in driving him often to his doctor's appointment. While on those trips we would visit and I learned some of his history and quote him below;

Bora was in Tunisia as Concertmaster of an International Symphony Orchestra two years prior to coming to the United States. "United States is the best country in the world – I know I have been all over the world" "I am a very lucky man to have been able to come to America and I love it." "Cincinnati was very easy for me to get used to as the downtown reminds me a lot of Germany and being in Europe" Bora was born 1933 in Belgrade Yugoslavia, One Sister 2 years Older still in Belgrade. Why did you want to play the violin? "When I was young I would see street performers playing the violin in Belgrade and it looked like fun"

CINCINNATI ENQUIRER WRITES IN JUNE OF 2012 THE FOLLOWING;

Borivoje Angelich's life was the quintessential American dream. A violinist who joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1965, Mr. Angelich as born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1934, and grew up under the German occupation of his country during World War II. After the war ended, Yugoslavia became an independent Communist nation.
"I think the war had a terrible effect on his life, because he was a child under the occupation," said his son, Nicholas Angelich, of Paris, France. "He was deeply attached to his roots, but at the same time, he deeply identified himself as an American citizen, which was a very important part of his life."
Mr. Angelich became a citizen shortly after he joined the Cincinnati Symphony as associate concertmaster in 1965. A member of the orchestra for 46 years, he had a distinguished career, performing in both the first and second violin sections.
Mr. Angelich died on May 18 at Kenwood Terrace Nursing Home following a long illness. He was 78.
He was a great talent who loved music and working as a musician from a young age. Mr. Angelich graduated from the Academy of Music in Belgrade with a master's degree in performing arts. He was concertmaster of the Belgrade Symphony Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Grand Opera of Belgrade Orchestra and the Belgrade Radio Symphony. Before coming to the United States, he went to North Africa where he was concertmaster of the Tunis Classical Orchestra.
He and his wife, Clara, a pianist whom he met at the Academy of Music, emigrated to the United States in 1965, sponsored by relatives who lived in Detroit.
At the time, Cincinnati Symphony music director Max Rudolf was building the orchestra. Mr. Angelich won an audition, and was happy to become a member of the orchestra because of the strong classical music tradition in Cincinnati.
"He was very committed to the orchestra. For him, that was a way of life. It had an enormous sense of meaning, and he was extremely dedicated," his son said.
A year after he joined the orchestra, Mr. Angelich returned to Europe with the Cincinnati Symphony on its renowned world tour, sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Because the tour went to Yugoslavia, he expressed fear that he would not be allowed to leave the country. Rudolf allowed him to stay behind while the orchestra traveled to his homeland, and he joined up with the orchestra later, said violinist Sylvia Samis, assistant concertmaster emeritus in the Cincinnati Symphony and a longtime friend.
"He was a very private person and a wonderful colleague," Samis said. "He was always good spirited. He loved life, he loved music and he always said, ‘I never give up.' Most of all, he loved and was so proud of (his son) Nicki. If he was asked, his soul poured out about his son."
Nicholas Angelich is a concert pianist who performs with the world's top orchestras and has an extensive recording career. At age 13, he left Cincinnati to study in Paris. He has performed as soloist with the CSO four times between 1992 and 2009 with his father sitting onstage in the violin section.
"I was very lucky to have such enormous support from someone whom I admired as a musician and as a person," his son said. "I went to Paris at age 13. That's a huge decision to make in somebody's life. It cost him a lot financially, but emotionally also. Coming back (to perform as soloist with the orchestra) was very special on a musical level, but also an emotional level."
Over his 46-year career, Mr. Angelich rarely missed any services with the orchestra, said Paul Frankenfeld, president of the musicians' union and associate principal violist in the orchestra.
Another friend in the orchestra, Darla Bertolone, said, "He was a true gentleman. He had four passions: a passion for life, for his son, for his violin and for the symphony."
Mr. Angelich was dedicated to pedagogy, having taught many violin students of all ages at the Toedtman School of Music in Sharonville. He collected and sold fine instruments and bows, and was also an accomplished chess master.
Until the end of his life, he remained close to his wife, Clara, who lives in Kenwood. Besides Clara and his son, Mr. Angelich is also survived by a sister, Tijana Mihailovich of Belgrade.
A memorial service will take place at Music Hall in late June on a date to be announced.
Memorials: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati OH 45202.


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  • Created by: Harold Malaby Jr.
  • Added: 18 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 90322569
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Borivoje “Bora” Angelich (25 Mar 1934–18 May 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 90322569, citing Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Harold Malaby Jr. (contributor 47571903) .