Obituary: Violinist and conductor Yuval Waldman, 74

Posted on: March 3, 2021

“Yuval Waldman, an accomplished violinist and conductor with particular interests in building musical bridges between countries and rediscovering neglected works composed under oppressive circumstances, died on Feb. 1 in Brooklyn. He was 74,” writes Neil Genzlinger in Saturday’s (2/27) New York Times. “His son, Ariel Levinson-Waldman, said that the cause was coronary artery disease and that Mr. Waldman had also tested positive for the coronavirus shortly before his death. Mr. Waldman, who lived in Brooklyn, was the son of Jewish parents who survived the purges in Ukraine during the Nazi occupation of World War II, and his childhood involved several dislocations before the family eventually settled in Bat Yam, a Tel Aviv suburb…. He conducted the New American Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble formed in the 1990s and made up of Jewish émigrés from the former Soviet Union. In 2004 he founded Music Bridges International, which fostered concerts and educational programs that included music from different cultures…. Vladimir Waldman was born on Dec. 21, 1946, in Lvov, which was then part of the Soviet Union…. He … served as concertmaster for ensembles including the Kansas City Philharmonic and music director for events like the Madeira Bach Festival.”