S0797. MICHELE AUCLAIR, w.Roger Albin Cond. Strasbourg Radio S.O.: Violin Concerto #2 in E, BWV 1042 (Bach), Live Performance, 12 Jan., 1968; Violin Concerto #3 in b (Saint-Saëns), Live Performance, 27 June, 1970; MICHELE AUCLAIR & ROGER LEPAUW, w. Fernand Oubradous Cond. Paris Chamber Orch.: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat, K.364 (Mozart), Live Performance, 5 March, 1961, Salle Gaveau, Paris. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1172. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“French violinist Michele Auclair (born on November 16, 1924) studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Jules Boucherit and Jacques Thibaud and with Russian Boris Kamensky. They all influenced the development of her talent and explains her style of playing with a beautiful technique and above all with a natural passion. In 1943 she won the Prix Jacques Thibaud - Marguerite Long, and in 1945 she was a laureate of the Concours International de Geneve, the Geneva International Competition.
There is mention of a performance by twenty year old Michele Auclair on February 4, 1945, in liberated Paris. She played Mozart's Concerto in G Major, K.216 with l'Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire and conductor Charles Munch. This was her first major appearance in public in a concert hall.
Miss Auclair played with a Guarnerius violin, which had been the property of violin virtuoso Adolf Brodzky. It was Brodzky who gave the first performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto when the work received its world premiere in Vienna in 1881 and also the initial American presentation more than a decade later at Carnegie Hall.
Michele Auclair came to the USA in 1949 to study with Theodore and Alice Pashkus in New York. Michele Auclair is considered today to be most likely to succeed Erica Morini as the foremost feminine violinist of the world. Her repertory embraces virtually all the known works of forgotten masters, whose glory she is continuously reviving. In January 1951 she made her debut for the American audience with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She played the Tchaikovsky Concerto conducted by Charles Munch.
Miss Auclair was an Honorary Professor of the Paris Conservatoire, a frequent guest at the faculty of the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, and often a jury member at mayor competitions. She also taught at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1989 until 2004.
French daily LE MONDE reported that on June 8th, 2005, Michele Auclair passed away at the age of 80 in Paris. She had been married to composer Antoine Duhamel and later to critic Armand Panigel. After a severe car accident she was forced to end a relatively short career as a soloist. In 1969 she became a violin teacher at the Conservatoire national superieur de musique (CNSM) in Paris, a post which she held until 1990, the year of her retirement. THE BOSTON GLOBE published an obituary stating the importance of Michele Auclair when she was teaching at the New England Conservatory and remembering the performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto she gave with the Boston Symphony under the direction of Charles Munch in 1951.
French minister of culture and communications, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, remembered the great violinist ‘whose renown of international soloist was only equaled by her talent and her immense passion as a pedagogue, a mission which was brought by Michele Auclair to the highest level for more than twenty years’.”
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