We have been notified of the death of Kay Hurwitz, widow of the effulgent violinist Emanuel Hurwitz and herself a formidable force in strings education across Europe well into her 80s.
Kay was a formidable viola player and chamber musician who developed her interests away from her husband’s high profile as leader (concertmaster) of the English Chamber Orchestra and Otto Klemperer’s Philharmonia. Both were regulars at Aldeburgh, where Britten relied on Manny for advice on strings technique. Kay played in the Melos Ensemble, under Manny’s leadership.
She encouraged Elspeth Iliff, her former au pair, to found the European Strings Teachers Association (ESTA), and herself set up Youth Music in Hampstead and various summer schools. Many careers began in her teaching studio.
Kay is survived by a son and a daughter.
Do share your memories of this wonderful woman and couple.