Philip R. Allen chair, endowed in perpetuity
Born in Philadelphia, Boston Symphony Orchestra principal cello Jules Eskin came to the BSO in 1964 after three years as principal cello with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. His father, an amateur cellist, gave him his first lessons, and at the age of 16 he joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Antal Dorati. Mr. Eskin studied with Janos Starker in Dallas and later with Gregor Piatigorsky and Leonard Rose at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In 1947 and 1948, he was a fellowship student at the Tanglewood Music Center. In 1954 Mr. Eskin was awarded first prize in the prestigious Walter Naumburg Competition; he gave his New York Town Hall debut recital that same year. This led to an extended concert tour in Europe.
Mr. Eskin has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and played with the Casals Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico. His chamber music collaborations have included appearances with Isaac Stern and Friends and the Guarneri String Quartet and piano trio performances with Arnold Steinhardt and Lydia Artymiw. As a founding member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Mr. Eskin has performed throughout the world and has recorded numerous chamber works for the RCA, Deutsche Grammophon, Northeastern, and Nonesuch labels. He has been soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Richard Strauss's Don Quixote, Ernest Bloch's Schelomo, Johannes Brahms's Double Concerto, and the cello concerts of Antonin Dvořák, Fran Joseph Haydn, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Robert Schumann. Mr. Eskin is featured on a Deutsche Grammophon album of music by Gabriel Fauré with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
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