Legendary Newton Violinist Roman Totenberg Dies

According to the Boston Phoenix blog, Totenberg was still teaching at his Newton home yesterday.

Renowned violinist and teacher Roman Totenberg has passed away at the age of 101, WBUR reported this afternoon

Totenberg, a Newton resident, grew up in Poland and was known for his remarkable talent from a young age. He went on to work with a several famous 20th-century composers and play for numerous presidents, kings and dignitaries.

According to a report on the Boston Phoenix Phlog, Totenberg was still teaching yesterday from his hospital bed in his Newton home, despite the fact that his kidneys were failing. 

Totenberg was a longtime professor at Boston University and is the father of NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg.

For more details and a full report, read more on WBUR, the Boston Phoenix Phlog or on Boston.com.

Note: The YouTube video above is footage from BU's Roman Totenberg Centennial Celebration held last year.


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