Karajan’s concertmaster: still playing in Texasmain
Leon Spierer, who was a concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic from 1963 to his retirement, is giving a Father’s Day concert at the University of Houston. Appropriately enough with his son. He has been talking to local media.
Spierer, Berlin born, grew up in exile in Argentina, before studying the Max Rostal in London. Before getting the call from Berlin, he was concertmaster in Nuremberg, Bremen and Stockholm. ‘My 26 years with Karajan were the best of my life,’ he has said.