Obituary: Sacramento Symphony concertmaster and educator Margaret Briggs Heilbron, 102

Posted on: February 27, 2018

Margaret Briggs Heilbron “studied with some of Europe’s top musicians who had come to California, and she, in turn, spent her career sharing her talents with Sacramento students and audiences,” writes Cathy Locke in Friday’s (2/23) Sacramento Bee (CA). “As a teacher in the city’s public schools and as a private instructor, Heilbron devoted her life to training and nurturing musicians, many of whom credit her with launching them on prestigious musical careers … A violinist and former concert master for the Sacramento Symphony, Heilbron died Feb. 14 in Sacramento…. Margaret Heilbron and her husband, concert cellist August Heilbron … were central figures in Sacramento music circles for decades…. Margaret Heilbron was born May 29, 1915, in Sacramento. Her mother, Margaret Aldridge Briggs, was a violinist…. In the 1920s, [her father, Floyd Frank Briggs] organized the Sacramento Symphony so his wife would have a place to play…. When she was 15, [Heilbron] began studying with Louis Ford, a first violinist with the San Francisco Symphony…. Later, she … studied with [San Francisco Symphony concertmaster] Naoum Blinder.… Heilbron served as concert master of the Sacramento Symphony for nine years…. The family is planning a celebration of Margaret Heilbron’s life for the Memorial Day weekend.”

Posted February 27, 2018