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Eugene Fodor


Eugene Fodor was dubbed the Truck Cliburn from the violin after his achievement within the 1974 Tchaikovsky International Competition. Though he completed within a three-way connect for second, his outcomes were seen as a success, as no initial prize was honored and because he previously placed higher for the reason that esteemed competition than any American violinist up compared to that period. Met by his parents and equine at the airport terminal on his go back to Colorado, he’d be given another moniker, the cowboy violinist. He in the beginning benefitted from such stunts and became an authentic overnight feeling, with main concert engagements, a documenting agreement with RCA, and several looks on Johnny Carson’s well-known Tonight Display. But following a decade roughly his profession cooled, partly due to the slick advertising connected with his glamor and good looking looks, but additionally because he had not been fully adult as an designer when he was thrust in to the limelight. Down the road, alcohol and drugs helped sabotage whatever wish he had of the comeback. Fodor experienced an all-encompassing technique and wide repertory that, within the Classical part, featured functions by Paganini, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Lalo, Sibelius, Nielsen, and Ravel, and on the crossover part included items by Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, McCartney, Streisand, Lionel Richie, along with a spate of others. A few of his recordings remain obtainable from RCA, Clearness, and Grazioso Information. Eugene Fodor was created in Denver, CO, on March 5, 1950. From age group five he examined violin, with ten debuted using the Denver Symphony within a performance from the Bruch First Concerto. His advanced research had been at Juilliard with Dorothy Hold off and Ivan Galamian, with Indiana School Jacobs College of Music with Josef Gingold. He also examined privately with Jascha Heifetz. In 1972 Fodor gained the esteemed Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy. Pursuing his Tchaikovsky achievement in 1974, Fodor continued to be a major existence in the concert picture until in regards to the mid-’80s. Drug abuse led to unlawful drug fees in 1989 and far negative promotion. Though he continuing concertizing afterward, Fodor could hardly ever recapture the limelight, despite the fairly high artistic degree of his shows. Often he previously to stay for concert performances with second-tier orchestras and in much less esteemed performance locations. Fodor remained mixed up in new hundred years, but finally withdrew from concert functionality this year 2010, disappointed using the path of his profession. Fodor passed away of cirrhosis on Feb 26, 2011.

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Date Of Birth March 5, 1950
Died February 26, 2011, Arlington County, Virginia, United States
Profession Violinist
Education Juilliard School, University of Southern California
Music Songs Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato, Violin Concerto, Op. 64 in E Minor: Allegro molto appassionato, Fritz Kreisler: Tambourin Chinois, for violin & piano, Op. 3, Henryk Wieniawski: Scherzo-tarantelle for violin & piano in G minor, Op. 16, Niccolò Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor , Op. 7, MS 48: La Campanella, Fritz Kreisler: Minuet in the Style of Nicola Porpora, for violin & piano, Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35: III. Allegro vivacissimo, Niccolò Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor , Op. 7, MS 48: Adagio, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Johannes Brahms Scherzo for violin & piano in C minor , WoO posth., Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64, Sonata for Piano and Violin no. 3, Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35: II. Canzonetta. Andante, Niccolò Paganini: Introduction and Variations on "Dal tuo stellato soglio" from Rossini's "Mosè", for violin & orchestra, MS 23, Maurice Ravel: Tzigane, rhapsodie de concert, for violin & piano, Violin Concerto, Op. 64 in E Minor: Allegretto non troppo; Allegro molto vivace, Niccolò Paganini: Le streghe, variations for violin & orchestra in E flat major, Op. 8, MS 19, Violin Concerto, Op. 64 in E Minor: Andante, Jules Massenet: Méditation, for violin & orchestra
Albums Witches' Brew, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35; Saint-Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Op. 64 in E Minor
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1 Not related to the Eugene Fodor, who published travel guides.
2 Remarried first wife Susan Davis following divorce from his second wife.
3 Brother John Fodor was also a violinist and a member of the Denver Symphony Orchestra (now the Colorado Symphony Orchestra) for many years.
4 In July 1989, Fodor was arrested on drug charges at Martha's Vineyard after breaking into a motel room and was found with 24 grams of cocaine and a hypodermic needle with traces of heroin. He was ordered into rehab with random drug testing for the following three years. He was unable to receive universal critical approval because some thought if he used drugs again, it might affect his performances.
5 Child-prodigy violinist, winner of national and international awards, first American to win the top prize at the Tchaikovsky violin competition in Moscow in 1974.



SCTV Network 1981 TV Series Paul Boray



The Geraldo Rivera Show 1990 TV Series Himself
The Big Bang 1989 Documentary The Violinist
Hee Haw 1985 TV Series Himself
Salute! 1983 TV Series Himself
Early American Christmas 1978 TV Special

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1 A lot of people confuse being a virtuoso with having a demented childhood. I find this ridiculous. When I was a teen-ager I'd practise two hours a day and have my evenings free to go bowling or play pinball. [Washington Post, Nov. 18, 1974]

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