Ex-NY Philharmonic concertmaster has died

Ex-NY Philharmonic concertmaster has died


norman lebrecht

May 29, 2014

David Nadien, who led the orchestra under Leonard Bernstein 1966-70 and can be heard on many recordings, has passed away at the age of 88. Brooklyn born, the son of a bantamweight boxer, Nadien appeared as a soloist with the NY Phil in 1940, aged 14. He was respected by Menuhin and Oistrakh, who came to him for tips on technique, and detested by Isaac Stern, who resented his relationship with Bernstein.


May they all rest in peace.


  • Daniel Kurganov says:

    David Nadien was a true violin hero of mine…thank you Norman for the post.

  • Jeffrey Solow says:

    Many years ago I had the pleasure of performing the Mozart Divertimento, K. 563 with David Nadien and Emanuel Vardi — a never-to-be-forgotten chamber music experience!

  • Daniel Hyman says:

    As a Suzuki teacher I am grateful for his instructional recordings as well. Rest his soul.