Adolph Koldofsky

2nd violin with the Quartet from 1938-1942

Arriving in Canada from London in 1910, Adolph Koldofsky later returned to Europe for studies with Ysaÿe and Sevcik. He also toured Czechoslovakia as leader of the Sevcik String Quartet.

Following his return to Canada he joined the Hart House String Quartet as second violin in 1938. He gave numerous violin and piano recitals with his wife Gwendolyn Williams Koldofsky, and undertook extensive research to authenticate manuscripts of CPE Bach. In the spring of 1943 he conducted a series of CBC radio broadcasts in which harpsichordist Wanda Landowska presented the modern version of these concertos.

In 1945 Adolph moved to Los Angeles where he played with the RKO Studio Orchestra and presented chamber music recitals. He here premiered Schoenberg's last two instrumental works — the String Trio, Op. 45 and the Fantasy, Op. 47, which was written for him.



photo by Allan Sangster, 1928
courtesy The Arts & Letters Club

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