Krisilov, Russia, whose family relocated to St. Louis, Missouri,
before his first birthday.
In the 1930s,
he and his brother Sam were already playing concerts for the Young Men’s
the Curtis Institute of Music from 1936 to 1941 and Tanglewood
in 1942. His teachers included
Richard Burgan and Efrem Zimbalist.
graduation, he moved back to the Gateway
City and played in the
symphony until he enlisted in the United States Air Force. While in the USAF, he performed with
the Army Air Force Glenn Miller Band.
After the war
was over, he joined the Cleveland Orchestra. In the winter of 1948, he was the
featured soloist when they interpreted Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Violin
Concerto No. 4” at Severance Hall. He and violist Abraham Skernick shared solo duties in the autumn of 1950 when
they performed Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante”.
In 1951, he
became concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He was the solo violinist on Ludwig
van Beethoven’s “Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50”, which
appeared on The Philadelphia Orchestra: First Chair in 1952.
July 1953, he and cellist Madeline Foley, violinist Orrea
Pernel and Karen Tuttle interpreted “Quintet
in C major, Op. 163” by Franz Schubert at the Casals Festival in Prades.
Philadelphia Orchestra and University Choral Union joined forces on 30th
April 1954 at Hill Auditorium in Ann
Arbor, Michigan. Their program comprised Carlos
Chavez’s “Corrido de ‘El Sol’
for Chorus and Orchestra”, Antonin Dvorak’s
“Concerto in B minor, Op. 104” with cellist Leonard Rose, and
Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria.
May 1954, Jacob and cellist Lorne Munroe were the soloists when the
Philadelphia Orchestra presented an all-Brahms concert that included the “Academic
Festival Overture”, “Concerto in A minor for Violin, Cello and
Orchestra” and “Variations on a Theme by Haydn”.
He reunited with
the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall in the autumn of 1957 for “Violin
Concerto No. 1” by Sergei Prokofiev.
In 1958, he
assumed concertmaster duties for the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He stayed with them until 1960, and then
rejoined the Cleveland Orchestra as assistant concertmaster for one
In 1961, he
was the ersatz concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, supplanting John
Corigliano, who opted not to accompany the
orchestra on their tour of Japan.
After a brief
stint as concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony, he took the same position
with the San Francisco Symphony.
This was in 1964, the same year that found him participating in the Chamber
Music Camp in Sun Valley,
Idaho. He remained concertmaster of the San
Francisco Symphony until 1970 and fulfilled the same role with the San
Francisco Opera in 1976.
In the field
of music education, he served on the faculties of Indiana
University and the University of Michigan and adjudicated at the Stulberg International String Competition.
He passed away
from cancer and renal failure in Tiburon,
California, on 31st
lives on through recordings such as Casals: Festival at Prades,
The Glenn Miller Story: Centenary Collection, Vols. 17-20,
Joseph Haydn: Wind Concertos, and Scheherazade.
Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Emotion (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb)
S CBS 6164B (UK