In Memoriam: Emeritus Faculty Member and LaSalle Quartet Violinist Walter Levin

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CCM professor emeritus Walter Levin. Photo by Sandy Underwood. CCM professor emeritus Walter Levin. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of emeritus faculty member Walter Levin, founding member and first violinist of the LaSalle Quartet and a CCM faculty member from 1953 until 1986. Levin passed away in Chicago on Aug. 4, 2017, at the age of 92. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Evi, and two sons, David and Tom.

Born in Berlin on December 6, 1924, Levin and his family emigrated to Tel Aviv in 1938. Levin was accepted to Juilliard in 1946, where he studied with Ivan Galamian and Hans Letz. The LaSalle Quartet was formed during this period, taking its name from the nearby LaSalle Street where the Quartet members rehearsed. Upon graduation, the Quartet comprised of Levin, Henry Meyer, Peter Kamnitzer and Jack Kirstein became quartet-in-residence at Colorado College.

In 1953, the LaSalle…

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One thought on “In Memoriam: Emeritus Faculty Member and LaSalle Quartet Violinist Walter Levin

  1. Walter Levin and the LaSalle Quartet were a major musical force in Cincinnati for decades. Many of us remember Walter’s brilliant lecture-recitals on contemporary works that the Quartet was going to play, many of which the Quartet had commissioned. Among them was one of the great 20th century works, Ligeti’s Second String Quartet, commissioned in memory of Alfred Friedlander who helped to bring the LaSalles here. The LaSalle QUartet’s concerts were broadcast live on WGUC and nationally, usually with an incisive interview with Walter Levine.

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