A viola player’s battle with autism

A viola player’s battle with autism


norman lebrecht

August 26, 2014

Everything in the life of Marshall Fine, who died tragically last week at 57 after a road accident, was a struggle with his prevalent condition.

Marshall became a successful composer and principal viola in the Memphis Symphony. His father, Burton Fine, former principal viola of the Boston Symphony, told Memphis media: ‘What made him memorable was the depth and breadth of his knowledge of music, and his intense personal desire from his childhood on to succeed. He did magnificent things, in spite of his handicap.’

Read more tributes here.

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  • Michelle Pellay-Walker says:

    Marshall served as ASSISTANT Principal Violist of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra from 1993 until his passing. He will be greatly missed in the Memphis music community.