Primrose, William

Primrose, William,

1904–82, Scottish-American violist. After studying in London, and with Eugène YsaÿeYsaÿe, Eugène
, 1858–1931, Belgian violinist, considered one of the foremost violinists of his time; pupil of Wieniawski and Vieuxtemps. He became professor of music at the Brussels Conservatory in 1886.
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, he played with the London String Quartet (1930–35) and the NBC Symphony Orchestra (1937–42). In 1939 he formed his own quartet. As a soloist he ranked among the world's outstanding violists and greatly contributed to establishing the viola as a concert instrument. Several concertos were written for him.


See his Walk on the North Side (1978); D. Dalton, Playing the Viola: Conversations with William Primrose (1988).

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