Cellist Leslie Parnas has Died, Age 90


Making his solo debut at age 14 with the St. Louis Symphony, at age 16, Parnas entered the Curtis Institute of Music below the tutelage of Gregor Piatigorsky.

From the mid-Fifties to the early Sixties, Parnas was the principal cellist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He went on to be a prizewinner on the Tchaikovsky, Geneva, and Musich Worldwide Cello Competitions, in addition to a Pablo Casals Prize recipient on the Paris Worldwide Cello Competitors.

Parnas was later personally invited by Pablo Casals to play at his music festivals in Prades and Puerto Rico. As he gained extra worldwide prominence, Parnas made his New York Philharmonic debut performing the Schumann Cello Concerto within the early Sixties and appeared typically as a soloist in Europe and Russia.

He ceaselessly collaborated with conductor and violinist Alexander Schneider with whom he appeared many occasions in The Schneider Live shows at The New Faculty and within the Peoples’ Symphony Live shows collection in New York.

Together with Jaime Laredo and members of the Guarneri Quartet, Parnas turned a part of a bunch of distinguished musicians at Vermont’s Marlboro Music Pageant within the Sixties.

Inventive Director of the Marlboro Music Pageant, Rudolf Serkin, performed and recorded the Beethoven Triple and Trout Quintet with Parnas and Laredo, along with touring with them in Europe in 1965.

Parnas seems on many Marlboro recordings, together with the acclaimed 1964 efficiency of the Mendelssohn Octet with Laredo, Schneider, Rhodes, and the then newly shaped Guarneri Quartet.

Along with touring extensively in a trio with James Buswell and Lee Luvisi, he additionally carried out usually as a founding member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Heart.

Later in his profession, he was Inventive Director of the Kneisel Corridor Summer time Music Faculty in Blue Hill, Maine for twelve years and served on the college of Boston College till he retired.

Our condolences to Mr. Parnas’ household, buddies, colleagues, and college students.


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