JÁNOS STARKER (1924 - 2013)
János Starker held five honorary doctorates and was the former principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera and the Chicago and Dallas Symphony Orchestras. He was a soloist and recitalist on all continents with all major orchestras and festivals and gave masterclasses worldwide. The author of An Organized Method of String Playing, Starker invented a bridge design to enhance the acoustical properties of stringed instruments. He appeared on over a hundred recordings and was the recipient of a GRAMMY® Award. He published numerous editions of the cello repertory and was the first recipient of Indiana University’s Tracy Sonnenborn Award. Starker died on April 28, 2013.