Posted by: jackiefit | 28/02/2012

Jacqueline du Pré, The Genious

Jacqueline was a great cellist who was born in Oxford on January 26, 1945. Her mother was a teacher pianist of the Royal Academy of Music and her father was an accountant.

She heard a cello for first time before her fifth birthday and she fell in love with it. Her parents gave one for her fifth birthday and her mother was her teacher. At the age of ten, she became William Pleeth’s pupil, who is considered by Jacqueline as her cello’s father, at the Guildhall School of Music in London. Her first concert debut was when she was only 17 years old. She played Elgar cello concert at the Royal Festival Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Rudolf Schwarz in London. Since them, she started a meteoric music career. She studied with the most important cellists of the century like Rostropovich and Pablo Casals, and she recorded many good CDs.

In 1967, she gets married with the famous Jewish pianist Daniel Barenboim. TIME magazine wrote, “Thus began one of the most remarkable relationships, personal as well as professional that music has known since the days of Clara and Robert Schumann.”

Unfortunately, in 1973 (when she was 28 years old) she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. At first, she started to lose sensitivity in her fingers and other parts of her body but then she couldn’t hold her bow or open her cello case. She had to cancel many of her last concerts in this year.

Eventually, she died in London on 19th October 1987 at the age of 42. After her death,  some controversial books and films about her life as well as music DVDs were published.

You can learn more about Jacqueline on these sites:

wikipedia, jaquelinedupre


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