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High Notes and Low: Recollections of a Musical Career (with Strings attached)

Gilbert, Esther

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ISBN 10: 059567948X / ISBN 13: 9780595679485
Published by iUniverse, Inc., 2007
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Title: High Notes and Low: Recollections of a ...

Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

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When Esther Schure’s mother decided that her daughter would become a violinist, there was no stopping this determined woman. The immigrant family moved from Hamilton, Ontario, to Rochester, New York (Eastman School of Music), and then to New York City—all in the interest of furthering Esther’s musical education and subsequent career. From the beginning, as a four-year old, Esther developed her natural talent, and with the help of patrons and outstanding teachers she became a professional violinist. Her career spans most of the twentieth century, from the 1930’s to her retirement in 1994. She played under the batons of some of the most renowned conductors of the era, including Leonard Bernstein and Leopold Stokowski. Her memoirs are a rare view from the inside of many professional orchestras. She has a talent for reproducing the personae of players, conductors, and the whole backstage. She recounts studying at the Institute of Musical Art, New York, (which later would become a part of Juilliard School of Music), and with Leopold Auer, teacher of the most famous violinists, including Jascha Heifetz and Mischa Elman. She was concertmaster on tour with the American Ballet Theatre, the British Royal Ballet, the St. Louis Symphony, and finally a thirty-seven year stint as first violinist/assistant concertmaster with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. The characters she describes on her journey are funny, temperamental, and talented—but of all the musicians, Esther herself is the personification of a true violinist.

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Esther Schure was destined to become a violinist. From the first time her mother placed a violin in her four-year old hands she knew this was to be her calling. With great sacrifices from her immigrant family she became a true professional, her career spanning most of the twentieth century.

She received the Hamilton, Ontario, All-City Medal as well as the Toronto All-City Medal, studied at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, and finally the Institute of Musical Art, predecessor of the Juilliard School of Music in New York City.

Her primary teacher was the well-known Sascha Jacobsen, and later Leopold Auer whose pupils included Jascha Heifetz and Mischa Elman.

Esther was one of the earliest female violinists to play professionally and achieved the rank of first chair violinist with both the St. Louis Symphony and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She also played under the batons of some of the century’s most famous conductors, including Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein, and an eighty-five city tour with the American Ballet Theatre with Antal Dorati, plus many others.

Esther is now retired and living in Huntsville, Alabama.

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