Iso Briselli (1912–2005) was a 12-year old violin prodigy when he came over from Europe with his teacher, Carl Flesch, in December of 1924 to study with him at the Curtis Institute of Music during the first year of the school’s existence. Through the rest of the 1920s and into the early 1930s Briselli went to almost all the Saturday night concerts of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also heard Tabuteau on stage many times during the years when he performed violin concertos with the Orchestra. Marc Mostovoy interviewed Briselli at his apartment in Philadelphia on December 16th, 2003, for Laila Storch who was writing her Tabuteau biography. Briselli’s remembrances of Tabuteau’s playing were still vivid in his memory after 90 years! Below you can hear the actual taped interview. Briselli was a highly regarded musician and was the violinist for whom Samuel Barber wrote his violin concerto.
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