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pianist , composer

Victor Babin, Russian pianist, composer. Recipient Cleveland Creative Arts award, 1966. Served with Army of the United States, World World War World War II; Member American Guild Musical Artists, A.S.C.A.P., Pi Kappa Lambda.

Background

Babin, Victor was born on December 13, 1908 in Moscow, Russia. Son of Heinrich and Rosalie (Wolk) Babin.

Education

Student State Conservatory, Riga, Latvia, 1921-1927, Berliner Hochschule fur Musik, Berlin, Germany, 1928-1931. A.F.D., U. New Mexico, 1961.

Career

Came to the United States, 1937, naturalized, 1944. Appeared on concert stage, Europe, 1928-1937. American debut as two-piano team with Vitya Vronsky, New York City, 1937.

Transcontinental concert tour American, 1937-1973. Soloist symphony orchs., appeared radio and television. Member Aspen (Colorado) Festival, 1949-1973, director Aspen Institute Music, 1952-1954.

Member Festival Quartet (with Goldberg, Primrose, Graudan), 1956-1962. Director Cleveland Institute Music, 1961-1973. Chairman Tanglewood Institute Berkshire Music Center, Lenox, Massachusetts, 1965-1967.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Composer: String Quartet, Piano Trio, Song Cycle Beloved Stranger” to lyrics by Witter Bynner. Sonata for Cello and piano. Konzertstuck for violin and orchestra.

      Two Concerti for two pianos and orchestra. Six Bach Sonatas and Stravinsky’s Petrouchka Suite transcribed for 2 pianos. Three Concertos da Camera.

Membership

Served with Army of the United States, World World War World War II. Member American Guild Musical Artists, A.S.C.A.P., Pi Kappa Lambda.

Connections

Married Vitya Vronsky, August 31, 1933.

father:
Heinrich Babin

mother:
Rosalie (Wolk) Babin

spouse:
Vitya Vronsky