Days after the passing of Violette Jacquet-Silberstein, we regret to report the death in Wellington of Clare Galambos Winter, a founding violinist in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Clare was taken as a teenager from Hungary to Auschwitz, where her entire family was put to death. She survived as slave labour in a munitions factory. In a DP camp after liberation, an American general put out a call to find her a violin so she could resume her intended vocation.
Her full story is here.
Corinna Connor writes from Wellington: In recent years, Clare kindly loaned two of her violins to outstanding students at the New Zealand School of Music. Clare’s contribution to the musical life of Wellington, and to the historical and musical education of young people in the city was outstanding. It was my great privilege to meet her on several occasions, and my brother was a recipient of one of her violins for a year.