Janos Starker was a child prodigy born in 1924 to a Jewish family in Budapest. He made his professional debut at the age of 14. By the time he emigrated to the United States in 1948, his family had perished in Nazi camps. Starker served for a brief time as principal cellist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Fritz Reiner, from 1952-1958, but his American home became Bloomington, Indiana, where he taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music between solo performances around the globe.
Here’s an excerpt from a chat between Janos Starker and Studs Terkel recorded in 1965.
This interview will air in its entirety on The Best of Studs Terkel, Friday, June 7 at 10:00 PM.
Janos Starker died on April 28th, 2013.