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Wallfisch, Ernst



  • Existence: 1920-1979

Biographical History

Ernst Wallfisch (1920-1979) was a well-known violist who performed around the world as part of various chamber groups and as a member of several major orchestras.

Wallfisch was born in Frankfurt, Germany but soon afterwards emigrated to Romania in 1926 where he studied violin at the Bucharest Conservatory. Early into his studies he decided to switch to the viola. Also while studying at the conservatory Wallfisch met his wife Lory and, following their marriage, they performed around the world together as part of the Wallfisch Duo. Wallfisch was a member of the Pro Musica Quartet and played viola in several major orchestras around the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Buharest Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Towards the end of his life, Wallfisch, along with his wife, taught music at Smith College in Northhampton, Massachussets from 1964 until his death in 1979.


Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, F. Bratschensonate [SR] 1969: labels (Ernst Wallfisch, viola)

Kolb, B. Rebuttal [SR] 197-: label (Ernst Wallfisch, viola) container (b. 1920, Germany)

Wikipedia, July 25, 2016 (Ernst Wallfisch (27 May 1920 in Frankfurt am Main - 8 May 1979 in Northampton, Massachusetts) was a prominent viola soloist, recording artist and pedagogue, primarily remembered along with his wife, pianist Lory Wallfisch, as partners of the Wallfisch Duo.)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Ernst Wallfisch collection

Identifier: MSS 8646
Scope and Contents Contains viola manuscripts collected by Ernst Wallfisch.
Dates: Publication: approximately 1698-1982; Publication: Majority of material found within 1823-1982