Roman Totenberg

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Today I’m imposing on listeners.

My father has never agreed to sit for an interview with me. Today he has to because I’m hosting the home town show. He was born in Poland on New Year’s Day, 1911. He learned the violin, almost by chance, at age six. He walked on the concert stage at the age of eleven. And this year, to mark his ninetieth birthday, he stood in front of a packed concert hall, and played to rave reviews. His career has played out on the concert stages of the world.

But his greatest impact may be on the thousands of students he’s taught over the years. Go with him as I have to orchestra concerts from Boston to Prague, and when he goes back stage afterwards, he’s mobbed by members of the orchestra who studied with him.
(Hosted by Nina Totenberg)


Roman Totenberg, violinist