Ernst (Peter) Friedlander. Cellist, composer, teacher, b Vienna 6 Oct 1906, naturalized Canadian 1963, d North Vancouver 28 Oct 1966. He studied 1928-30 in Vienna with Anton Walter (cello) and Heinrich Schenker (theory), among others. After an active concert career in Europe he moved in 1937 to the USA, where he was principal cellist with the Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Kansas City, and Chicago SOs, was a member 1943-55 of the Pro Arte Quartet, and taught at the universities of Wisconsin and Oklahoma. He made his US solo debut at Town Hall, New York, 19 Nov 1943. In 1958 he moved to Vancouver, where he served as principal cellist 1958-66 with the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra
and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
. He was cellist 1960-6 with the Vancouver String Quartet and taught 1958-66 at the University of British Columbia
. With his wife, the pianist Marie (Elisabeth) Werbner (b 6 Sep 1917), he performed on CBC Radio, premiered Milhaud's Sonata for Cello
at the 1959 Vancouver International Festival
, and recorded works by Malipiero, Cowell, and Coulthard
on Contemporary Music for Cello
(1964, Col MS-6542/Odyssey XLP-75842), an LP that also includes Friedlander's performance of his own Sonata
(1963) for solo cello. His other compositions include a Cello Concerto
for cello and piano (1964, Empire 1972), a Rhapsody
for cello or bassoon and orchestra (1964), and works for string quartet, brass sextet, and chamber orchestra.
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