Arthur Grumiaux

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Arthur Grumiaux (March 21, 1921October 16, 1986) was a Belgian violinist who was also proficient in piano.

He was born into a working-class family at Villers-Perwin, Belgium. He was encouraged to study music by his grandfather and started at the age of four. By the time he was 11, he had won first prizes in both violin and piano at the Charleroi Conservatory of Music.

He studied under Alfred Dubois of the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, where, in 1949 he became a professor of violin. He also studied with George Enescu in Paris. He turned to chamber music during the German occupation of Belgium during World War II.

After the war, he quickly developed an international reputation. For much of his career as a soloist, his piano partner was Clara Haskil. Her death through a fall in a train station left a great void for him, both personally and professionally.

Grumiaux is recognized as one of the great violinists of the middle of the twentieth century. He recorded extensively, including all the principal works of the violin repertoire. He was granted the title of baron in 1973 for his contributions to music.

He died of a stroke in Brussels at the age of 65.de:Arthur Grumiaux

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