Violist who attended Interlochen Center for the Arts,
and UCLA, as a student of Arnold Schoenberg. It was there that he met his wife
Anne Marie Sullivan, with whom he would produce five children and decades'
worth of musical entertainment for their friends at their Westwood home, highlighted
by an annual Christmas Carol Sing.
Sven appears on a number of chamber recordings, most notably as the
soloist on GSC Recordings' 1975 release of Paul Hindemith's Sonata for Solo Viola, Op. 25, No. 1,
and as part of a duo on Leon Levitch's Sonata for Viola and Piano, on which he played alongside the
composer, and Eric Zeisl's Sonata
for Viola and Piano, with Eda Schlatter, on Spa. He can also be heard on a number of
pop albums, having worked with the likes of Nat King Cole, Neil Diamond,
Maureen McGovern, and Frank Sinatra.
His film credits include Brubaker,
The Enforcer, and Fantasia, the latter for which he
shares the distinction with three other musicians of playing on the
original soundtrack and the 1982 digital re-mastering of the score. His Essay For Solo Viola Piano Reduction is still widely available
online. John MacLean immortalized
him in music with his Elegy (In
Memory of Sven Reber).
from "The Concorde - Aiport '79" (Lalo
Theme from "The
Concorde - Airport '79" (Lalo Schifrin)