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Josef Gingold

Josef Gingold (Russian: Иосиф Гингольд; October 28 [O.S. October 15] 1909 – January 11, 1995[1]) was a Belarusian-Jewish[2]-born classical violinist and teacher, who lived most of his life in the United States. At the time of his death he was considered one of the most influential violin masters in the United States with many successful students.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Honors and awards 2
  • Discography 3
  • Notes 4
  • Sources 5


Gingold was born in Brest-Litovsk, George Szell.

Gingold edited numerous violin technique books and orchestral excerpt collections. He taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for more than thirty years, until his death in 1995. His pupils included Anne Shih, Joshua Bell, Shony Alex Braun, Andrés Cárdenes, Corey Cerovsek, Cyrus Forough, Miriam Fried, Endre Granat, Brian Hanly, Ulf Hoelscher, Hu Nai-yuan, Jacques Israelievitch, Ivar Bremer Hauge, Leonidas Kavakos, Chin Kim, Ronald Lantz, Jaime Laredo, William Preucil, Joseph Silverstein, and Gwen Thompson, Xiao-mei Pelletier (Associate-Principal Violin, Dallas Symphony Orchestra).

Gingold was a founder of the quadrennial Indianapolis Violin Competition. He was a National Patron of Delta Omicron, an international professional music fraternity.[3]

A detailed literary portrait of Josef Gingold is included in the book, Quintet, Five Journeys toward Musical Fulfillment, by David Blum (Cornell University Press, 1999). It originally appeared as an article in the 4 February 1991 issue of The New Yorker.

Gingold died in Bloomington, Indiana in 1995.

Honors and awards

Gingold's recording of Fritz Kreisler's works was nominated for a Grammy Award. Some of the numerous honors he received during his lifetime include the American String Teachers Association Teacher of the Year; the Fredrick Bachman Lieber Award for Distinguished Teaching at Indiana University; the Chamber Music America National Service Award; Baylor University's Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers; and the American Symphony Orchestra League's Golden Baton Award.


The discography of Josef Gingold is limited.

  • The Primrose Quartet CD (Biddulph Recordings LAB052-53) reissue of the 1940-1941 78 rpm recordings, with Josef Gingold, William Primrose, Harvey Shapiro, Oscar Shumsky, and Jesus Maria Sanroma of Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra, performing works of Haydn, Schumann, Brahms, Smetana, and Tchaikovsky.
  • "Joseph Gingold Seventyfive", recordings from 1942–1968, including Walton's Sonata for VIolin and Piano, 1984 vinyl LP (Red Bud RB-1017).[4]
  • Josef Gingold Plays Fritz Kreisler, a 1976 vinyl LP record.
  • Gingold's 1973 recording of Kodaly's Duo with cellist Janos Starker, originally released on the LP (Fidelio F-003),[4] reissued in 1992 on the CD Starker Plays Kodaly, and in 2007 on SACD (TM-SACD 9002.2) and on vinyl LP by Hong Kong label TopMusic International.
  • Schubert's Sonatina in A minor, D385, and Liszt's Rapsodie Espagnole, with Gyorgy Sebok (piano) on LP (IND-722, Indiana University School of Music).[5]
  • The Art of Josef Gingold, a transfer to CD of the 1976 recording and a 1966 recording, by Music and Arts in 1989, and reissued in 2007 by Pristine Classical.
  • The Artistry of Josef Gingold, a two-CD set on Enharmonic ENCD03-015 contains otherwise unavailable performances of music by Bloch, Arensky, Beethoven (a live recording of the Concerto from Ohio State), Francaix, Mozart, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Ysaye.


  1. ^ a b Ross, Alex (January 13, 1995). "Josef Gingold, 85, Violinist And Influential Teacher, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Jewish Journal". Violinist Joshua Bell walks in the footsteps of masters. Retrieved October 13, 2006. 
  3. ^ "DO National Patrons or Patronesses". Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Liner notes to "The Art of Josef Gingold"
  5. ^ Liner notes to "The Art of Josef Gingold"


  • "Joseph Gingold" - International Violin Competition of Indianapolis [1]
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