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Finding Aid for the Henri Temianka Collection of Papers, Correspondence and Memorabilia, 1922-1990 bulk 1958-1986
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Materials related to Temianka's career as a performer, conductor, teacher, musical director and administrator. Materials in the collection particularly concern concert series activities with his California Chamber Symphony Orchestra, including: programs, news clippings, reviews, promotional materials, posters, photographs, music scores, tape recordings, board meeting minutes, financial statements, payrolls, patron and fundraising lists, donor histories, rehearsal schedules, correspondence, etc.
Temianka was born on Nov. 19, 1906, in Greenock, Scotland; studied violin with Blitz in Rotterdam (1915-23), Willi Hess at the Berlin Hochschule (1923-24), Jules Boucherit in Paris (1924-26), and with Flesch and Rodzinski at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, PA, from which he graduated in 1930; toured the world as a violin virtuoso during the 1930s, gaining international recognition by winning the first Wieniawski Violin Competition in Warsaw in 1935; was concertmaster of the Scottish Orchestra (1937-38) and the Pittsburgh Symphony (1941-42); moved to Southern CA; became US citizen in 1945; founded the Paganini String Quartet (1946-66); founded the California Chamber Symphony Orchestra in 1961, conducting its subscription concerts in Royce Hall for over 25 years; founded the Baroque Virtuosi in 1982; taught at UC Santa Barbara (1960-64), CSU Long Beach (1964-76), and master classes at various universities; wrote an autobiography titled, Facing the music (1973); wrote approximately 100 articles on violin technique and personal reminiscences; died on Nov. 7, 1992.
154 boxes (77 linear ft.)
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Collection is open for research.