Hellmut Stern is confirmed dead at the age of 91.
Hellmut was best known as a German violinist.
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Hellmut Stern
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Hellmut Stern in 2011
Born(1928-05-21)21 May 1928
Berlin
Died20 March 2020(2020-03-20) (aged 91)
Berlin
OccupationClassical violinist
OrganizationBerlin Philharmonic
AwardsOrder of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
Hellmut Stern (21 May 1928 – 21 March 2020)) was a German violinist who played principal violin with the Berlin Philharmonic, and a writer. He initiated the first tour of the orchestra to Israel.
Contents
1 Life
2 References
3 Publications
4 Further reading
5 External links
Life
Stern was born in Berlin-Friedenau into a Jewish family. His father was a voice teacher, his mother a pianist. After the Novemberpogrome 1938 in Berlin, the family escaped to Harbin. In exile, he helped the family income as pianist and violinist, playing in bars, nightclubs and hotels. In 1949, the family was permitted to settle in Israel. As a bar pianist at King David Hotel in Jerusalem, he met Isaac Stern in 1951, who made it possible for him to play with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv. He later played in St. Louis and New York City, and returned to Berlin in 1961. He belonged to the Berlin Philharmonic for 34 years, as first violinist, orchestra speaker and principal violin. He played with leading conductors of the time, especially with Herbert von Karajan.
He participated in many recordings. In many concerts, he was a soloist, for example in 1982 for the Humoristisches Festkonzert celebrating the orchestra's centenary, conducted by Vicco von Bülow (Loriot). He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1993 by Richard von Weizsäcker. He enabled the first tour of the Berlin Philharmonic to Israel in 1990, which was conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Following his musical career, Stern published an autobiography, Saitensprünge.
Stern died in Berlin in March 2020 at the age of 91.
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