World-renowned cellist Janos Starker has died at the age of 88. The musician passed away at his home in Bloomington, Indiana on Sunday (28Apr13). Reports suggest he had been in terminal care for several weeks, although further details about his death were unavailable as WENN went to press.
Born in Budapest, Hungary to Jewish parents, Starker was a child prodigy during the 1930s and made his public performance debut at the age of six.
He survived an internment camp during the Nazi regime in World War II and moved to the U.S. in 1948. He served as principal cellist for the Dallas Symphony in Texas and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, before joining the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of Fritz Reiner in 1952.
He later settled in Indiana, where he became a professor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, while still performing shows across the globe.
Starker, who made over 160 recordings of his work, won a Grammy Award in 1992 for a Bach solo cello piece, while he was also nominated for the prestigious honour in 1990 for his tribute to fellow cellist and composer David Popper.
He released his autobiography, The World of Music According to Starker, in 2004.