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Walter Trampler (1915 - 1997)

Walter Trampler’s career began when he was still a teenager and saw him, having been the violist with the Strub Quartet, work with numerous other iconic ensembles such as the Juilliard, New Music, Yale and Budapest Quartets and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre, as well as with great conductors like Strauss and Koussevitzky. These collaborations produced a number of celebrated recordings—the Strub’s Schubert ‘Trout’ Quintet with Elly Ney is still considered seminal. An overt Jewish sympathiser and anti-fascist, Trampler emigrated to America at the outbreak of World War II and served with the US army before continuing his career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher for several decades. His New Music Quartet, founded in 1947, championed contemporary compositions, an area of repertoire of great interest to Trampler; amongst the many works written for him or given their first performance by him are Henze’s Viola Concerto, works by Bainbridge, Richard Wilson’s Viola Sonata and pieces by Berio.




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