Sad death of a principal cellist, 56

The Pacific Symphony is in mourning for Timothy Landauer, who has died of cancer.

From the orchestra’s tribute:

His grandfather was a German scientist who fled the Nazis before World War II because he was Jewish. He settled in China but wasn’t allowed to leave for the US. He eventually settled in Taiwan. This move created political difficulties for Tim’s parents, the most severe of which was being forced into slave labor during the Cultural Revolution.

Tim’s father was Associate Principal Cellist of the Shanghai Symphony and his mother was a pianist. Tim’s ability to emigrate from China to the US was expedited by virtue of his winning the Piatigorsky Competition in LA in 1983….

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  • A wonderful cellist and wonderful person whose time in this world was much too short… though huge in its impact.

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