Death of a roaming concertmaster, 77

In 1964, the Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra promoted Pavel Farkas to be its concertmaster. He was 24 years old.

Pavel went on to serve as concertmaster for what might be a record number of orchestras –  Mexico City Philharmonic, RHK Radio Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony, Pasadena Pops and the orchestras of the Bolshoi and Joffrey Ballets.

He was founding concermaster of the California Philharmonic and a regular member of the first violins at the LA Phil.

Pavel died last Friday, aged 77.


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