On this day: January 1-4, 2015

First post of the new year! Also, check out my other venture at ForeigNative for some really good stuff about language learning.

January 1, 2015

Births:
1628 – Christoph Bernhard, German composer (d. 1692)
1892 – Artur Rodziński, Polish-American conductor (d. 1958)
1911 – Roman Totenberg, Polish-American violinist (d. 2012)
1920 – Mahmoud Zoufonoun, Iranian-American violinist (d. 2013)
1932 – Giuseppe Patanè, Italian conductor (d. 1989)
Deaths:
1981 – Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Australian pianist (b. 1920) Related to the other Menuhin.
2011 – Marin Constantin, Romanian composer and conductor (b. 1925)
January 2
Births:
1732 – František Brixi, Czech composer (d. 1771)
1837 – Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist and composer (d. 1910)
1905 – Michael Tippett, English composer (d. 1998)
1944 – Péter Eötvös, Hungarian composer and conductor
1950 – David Shifrin, American clarinet player
1958 – Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Russian pianist
1970 – Eric Whitacre, American composer and conductor
Deaths:
1726 – Domenico Zipoli, Italian composer (b. 1688)
1915 – Karl Goldmark, Hungarian composer (b. 1830)- super non-Hungarian sounding name. 
1941 – Mischa Levitzki, Russian-American pianist (b. 1898)
1977 – Erroll Garner, American pianist and composer (b. 1921)
1999 – Rolf Liebermann, Swiss composer (b. 1910)
January 3
1884 – Raoul Koczalski, Polish pianist and composer (d. 1948)
1895 – Boris Lyatoshinsky, Ukrainian composer and conductor (d. 1968)
1909 – Victor Borge, Danish-American pianist and comedian (d. 2000)
1944 – David Atherton, English conductor
Deaths:
1785 – Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (b. 1706)
1956 – Alexander Gretchaninov, Russian composer (b. 1864)
2007 – János Fürst, Hungarian violinist and conductor (b. 1935)
January 4
Births:
1710 – Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Italian composer, violinist, and organist (d. 1736)
1720 – Johann Friedrich Agricola, German organist and composer (d. 1774)
1870 – Percy Pitt, English organist and conductor (d. 1932)
1872 – Ottilie Sutro, American pianist (d. 1970)
1874 – Josef Suk, Czech composer and violinist (d. 1935)
1970 – Paul Watkins, Welsh cellist
Deaths:
1924 – Alfred Grünfeld, Austrian pianist and composer (b. 1852)
1988 – Lily Laskine, French harp player (b. 1893)
1995 – Eduardo Mata, Mexican conductor and composer (b. 1942)
2003 – Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese-English violinist (b. 1923)

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