Obituary: Bernard Lurie, Hartford Symphony concertmaster, 82

Posted on: April 6, 2016

An unsigned obituary in Saturday’s (4/2) Hartford Courant (CT) reports that Bernard Lurie, retired concertmaster of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Opera and Hartford Ballet, died on March 31. He was 82. Lurie retired in 2001 after 50 years with the Hartford Symphony, 32 of them as concertmaster. He was “also a retired Professor of Violin, Viola, Ensemble, Conducting and Orchestra Studies at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. For 25 years he conducted the Greater Hartford Youth Orchestra (GHYO) with concert tours of Romania (1973), Switzerland (1976), England, Ireland and Scotland (1979), Italy (1983) and China (1987). He also founded the orchestra at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Bernie studied violin under world renowned pedagogue Raphael Bronstein who brought him to New York and then to the Hartt School where he earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He was the recipient of several scholarships and fellowships including those awarded by Tanglewood and Hartt. He was … a former member of orchestras in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New England, and served many as concertmaster including the Brattleboro Music Festival, Hartford Music Festival, New Haven Symphony ‘Concerts on the Green,’ as well as symphonies in Bristol, New Britain, Waterbury, Meriden, CT.”

Posted April 6, 2016