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.
|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.|
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|The Geraldo Rivera Show||1990||TV Series||Himself|
|The Big Bang||1989||Documentary||The Violinist|
|Hee Haw||1985||TV Series||Himself|
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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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