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