Personalities | Joseph Szigeti | Modern Era | Classical

American violinist

Born in Hungary, Szigeti made his Berlin debut in 1905. He lived in England 1907–13, where he gave many concerts. In the 1920s he toured the Soviet Union, and made his US debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1925. He was a keen advocate of contemporary music: Bartók, Bloch and Prokofiev wrote works for him, and he played the concertos of Berg and Stravinsky as well as the standard repertory.

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