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The cellist Janos Starker’s sad news, has died

The legendary cellist has died at 5am, April 28, 2013. He was 88 years old and had been in terminal care for the last few weeks. János Starker ( July 5, 1924 – April 28, 2013) was a Hungarian-American cellist. From 1958 until his death, he taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he held the title of Distinguished Professor. He is one of the most recorded cellists in the world, Starker made over 160 recordings of virtually the entire cello literature. He recorded the Bach solo cello suites five times, most recently for RCA in 1992 for which he won a Grammy award. He was also nominated for a Grammy award for his 1990 recording of the extremely demanding works of David Popper. He had concerti written for him by David Baker, Antal Doráti, Bernhard Heiden, Jean Martinon, Miklos Rozsa, and Robert Starer. Starker’s playing style was characterised by a superb technique, a tighly focused tone and an intensity of sound. His discography – for Delos, DG, EMI, London, Mercury, Philips and Seraphim among others – was extensive and embraced five different recordings of the Bach solo cello suites, chamber music and the major cello concertos.

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