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He was 88.

Since 1958 he taught at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

He was, simply put, one of the greatest cellists to ever live.

I offer that evaluation as one who was himself as an adolescent a very serious cellist and as one who had the opportunity to play in an orchestra behind him.

perhaps this will give you a sense of his mastery:

He was, according to friends who studied at Indiana, an absolutely superb teacher, as you can see here:

Here are some notices about his death:

NPR

from IU

from the Chicago Tribune

Just posted in memorium:

this video bio

and finally, an excerpt from the Kodaly Sonata, which is incredibly difficult for ordinary people:

rest in peace, Maestro Starker!

UPDATEThe Jacobs School of Music at IU has set up this tribute page which if you explore you will gain a sense of his great influence.

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Originally posted to teacherken on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 08:56 PM PDT.

Also republished by An Ear for Music and Protest Music.

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