Cellist Janos Starker Dies

GRAMMY winner dies at 88
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    Janos Starker
April 29, 2013 -- 5:17 pm PDT

GRAMMY-winning cellist Janos Starker died April 28. A cause of death was not revealed. He was 88. A native of Budapest, Hungary, Starker migrated to the United States in 1948 with the help of Indiana University, where he later became a music faculty fixture. Starker's career spanned more than 50 years, producing more than 165 recordings and thousands of concerts, including with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He was highly acclaimed for his work with the Bach cello suites and the Dvořák concerto. He earned three GRAMMY nominations throughout his career, including a win in 1997 for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra) for Bach: Suites For Solo Cello Nos. 1-6. Aside from his performances and recordings, Starker was a known for teaching, having taught music as early as age 8. "Janos Starker was a masterful cellist known for playing with technical perfection and creating an impeccable sound," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "His deep passion for music was evident not only in his performances, but as an educator as well, teaching new generations the art and precision of performing classical music."      

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