Cellist David Soyer, inspiration to hundreds of budding chamber musicians as a member of the Guarneri String Quartet, dies at 83
I've just found out that cellist David Soyer, one of the founding members of the Guarneri String Quartet and a fixture at the Marlboro summer school and festival, died earlier today, just a day after turning 83.
Soyer retired from the Guarneri quartet in 2002, but continued to be active at Marlboro, where he and the other members of the quartet, which they founded in 1964, influenced and inspired hundreds of aspiring chamber musicians, several of whom went on to form their own string quartets.
Soyer, a Philadelphia native, taught at the Juilliard School, at the Curtis Institute and the Manhattan School of Music. His public concert debut was with the Philadephia Orchestra and conductor Eugene Ormandy, in 1942.
Here is Soyer with flutist Julius Baker performing Heitor Villa Lobos's Jet Whistle on an old TV broadcast, followed by a bit of Brahms (the opening movement of the F-minor Piano Quintet) with his quartet-mates and pianist Arthur Rubinstein: