After performances in the USA in 1910 Boris settled with the family in Toronto, where he helped establish the Hambourg Conservatory and the Hambourg Concert Society, which presented chamber music. He also taught at the conservatory, and his pupils included Marcus Adeney and Glen Morley. After his father, Michael's, death Boris directed the conservatory, with some assistance from Jan, until it closed in 1951. He continued to perform in Canada, the USA, and, almost annually, Europe and organized a succession of Hambourg Trios.
In 1923 Boris married Maria ('Borina') Bauchope (b Dunedin, New Zealand, d Toronto 1965), a pianist who had studied in London, who taught in Toronto, and whose keen social skills helped establish the Hambourg position in the arts community. That same year Boris became a founding member of the Hart House String Quartet and remained with it throughout its existence (1923-46). While on tour in England in 1934 he became the first Canadian instrumentalist to play on television (BBC). In 1945 he founded the Toronto Music Lovers' Club, which offered a series of concerts by the Pirani Trio, the de Kresz-Hambourg Trio, and the Pro Musica Trio, assisted on occasion by individual artists. Boris also gave cello recitals, often in cycles covering the repertoire from the renaissance to the present. He wrote cello pieces (including six Preludes and six Russian Dances), and songs, and with Alfred Moffat co-edited cello pieces by 18th-century Italian composers. He recorded as a soloist and as a member of the Hart House String Quartet. He was an active member of the Arts and Letters Club, Toronto. His main contribution to music was his activity in, and on behalf of, chamber music. New works and classics had first Toronto performances under his guidance, and he gave encouragement and opportunities to his own and a younger generation of musicians.
See also Clement Hambourg (his brother).
Author Ruth Pincoe
From the Land of the Sky Blue Water. HMV E142
Harty Butterflies - Ireland The Holy Boy. G. Moore piano. HMV 120831
Popper Papillon. Grace Smith piano. Victor 60064
Schumann Träumerei. Grace Smith piano. Victor 60065
Walford Davies Solemn Melody. HMV D344
See also Discography for Hart House String Quartet
Brewester, Musiel. 'Hand of fate formed the Hart House Quartet,' Toronto Star Weekly, 29 Nov 1924
Hausman, Ed. 'Who remembers 194 Wellesley,' Toronto Daily Star, 6 Jan 1968
Adaskin, Harry. A Fiddler's World (Vancouver 1977)
Koch, Eric. The brothers Hambourg (Toronto 1997)
Metropolitan Toronto Library. Music division. Vertical files
NL of C. Vertical files
Links to Other Sites
Hambourg family fonds
Information page for the Hambourg family fonds from the Music Archives, Library and Archives Canada.
The Canadian Hambourg Trio
See a brief history and archival photos of the The Canadian Hambourg Trio. Click on the links at the top of the page for more information. From the website for The Hambourg Conservatory.
The Brothers Hambourg
A review of Eric Koch's book "The Brothers Hambourg" from the magazine "Quill & Quire."
Quartet in F minor. 1st movement. Allegro [sound recording] / Haydn
Listen to an audio clip of this composition featuring the Hart House String Quartet,Geza De Kresz, Harry Adaskin, Milton Blackstone, and Boris Hambourg. From The Virtual Gramophone, Library and Archives Canada.