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Arthur Grumiaux

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Arthur Grumiaux (March 21, 1921–October 16, 1986) was a Belgian violinist who was also proficient in piano.

Grumiaux was born in Villers-Perwin, Belgium to a working-class family, and it was his grandfather who urged him to begin music studies at the age of only 4. He trained on violin and piano with the Fernand Quintet at the Charleroi Conservatory, where he took first prize at the age of 11. The following year he advanced his studies by working with Alfred Dubois at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, and also worked on counterpoint and fugue with Jean Absil. He received his first few major awards prior to reaching the age of 20; he took the Henry Vieuxtemps and François Prume prizes in 1939, and received the Prix de Virtuosité from the Belgian government in 1940. During this time he also studied composition privately in Paris with the famous Romanian violinist Georges Enescu, Yehudi Menuhin’s teacher.

His debuts were made in Belgium with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra playing Mendelssohn’s concerto, and in Britain with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1945. Due to the German invasion of his homeland, there existed a short time gap between these two important events. During that time he played privately with several small ensembles, while refraining from public performance of any kind.

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    Arthur Grumiaux is the #1 artist (of 278) who is similar to my own artist's 1st violin album (based on "similar tracks"). I'd appreciate feedback by you (e.g. this album's most scrobbled track = "the begin", with 51 listeners). The research is available in the EYRS group. PLAY...

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  • O-S_sun

    Great

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
  • keisuh

    listen to his music for the first time. his sound of violine is just great.

    23 Oct 2010 Reply
  • xkarakurtx

    Потрясающая техника игры!

    23 Aug 2009 Reply
  • ublah

    he was great

    8 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Eclectic-G

    In a word: he is good.

    4 Nov 2008 Reply

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