KUBELIK, Jan (1880-1940)
Celebrated Czech violinist and composer.
SIG – Vintage signed and dated card (1931). Accompanied by a small color reprint image from an original oil painting.
After great success following his debut in Vienna and London (where he first appeared at a Hans Richter concert in 1900), Kubelik toured the US in 1901 for the first time. He made his first appearance for the Royal Philharmonic Society, London, in the season of 1901-2, and in 1902 was awarded with the Society’s Gold Medal (in succession to Eugene Ysaye). that same year he brought the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra to London, having assisted it financially in the previous year.
Kubelik made a number of recordings; his acoustic records were made for The Gramophone Company. He wrote music, including six violin concerti, and continued to perform in public until his death, with a pause between the end of WWI and 1920, during which time he composed. In 1920 he resumed his concert career but, with the advent of Jascha Heifetz, his fame dwindled somewhat. In 1917 he was elected as an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity by that organization’s Alpha Chapter at the New England Conservatory, Boston.