As the Dallas Symphony Orchestra begins its TI Classical Series this month, we take a look back—way back. In six degrees or less, we trace the musical lineages of 11 DSO players whose roots are linked to masters such as Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Holst, Wagner, and others.
Click on a face to see his or her connections.
Jaap Van Zweden
Leonard Bernstein encouraged van Zweden to take up the baton during a rehearsal Bernstein led years ago of Mahler’s First Symphony.
Aaron Copland met Bernstein while he was still a student at Harvard, and the two formed a lifelong friendship.
Copland studied with French composer, conductor, and teacher Nadia Boulanger.
Boulanger was mentored by renowned French pianist, organist, and composer Raoul Pugno.
Pugno studied with French composer and pianist Georges Mathias.
Mathias was a pupil of Frédéric Chopin’s.
One of Canellakis’ most prominent conducting mentors is conductor and violinist Alan Gilbert.
Gilbert studied with violinist Masuko Ushioda at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Ushioda studied with Hungarian violinist Joseph Szigeti in Switzerland.
Szigeti was friends with Hungarian composer Béla Bartók.
Bartók was a pupil of Hungarian piano virtuoso Istvan Thoman.
Thoman was a favorite student of Franz Liszt’s.
Concertmaster and violinist
Kerr studied with American violinist Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Rosand studied with violinist, conductor, and composer Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music.
At age 12, Zimbalist entered the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, where he studied with Leopold Auer.
Auer was intended to be the first performer of the Violin Concerto in D Major, which was composed and dedicated to him by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
Rose has performed chamber music with Yo-Yo Ma.
When he was 19, Ma studied at The Juilliard School with American cellist Leonard Rose.
Rose, at age 18, joined Arturo Toscanini’s NBC Symphony Orchestra and almost immediately became principal cellist.
Toscanini played cello in the world premiere of Verdi’s Otello (La Scala, Milan, 1887) under the supervision of Giuseppe Verdi.
Co-concertmaster and violinist
Olson studied with Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil.
At the Cleveland Orchestra, Preucil performed under Christoph von Dohnányi.
CHRISTOPH VON DOHNÁNYI
German conductor Christoph von Dohnányi was grandson of Ernst von Dohnányi.
ERNST VON DOHNÁNYI
The premiere of von Dohnányi’s 1895 Piano Quintet in C minor was organized by Johannes Brahms.
Raden studied at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division with David Weber.
Weber was assisted in obtaining a New York Philharmonic Scholarship by the conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Ossip Gabrilowitsch.
Gabrilowitsch studied piano and composition at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory with Russian composer and conductor Anatoly Lyadov.
Lyadov entered the composition classes of Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Cooper studied with Jerome Ashby of the New York Philharmonic.
Ashby was a student of former Philharmonic principal horn James Chambers.
Chambers played with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Fritz Reiner.
Reiner worked closely with Richard Strauss at the Semperoper Dresden.
Strauss was an assistant conductor to Hans von Bülow.
HANS VON BÜLOW
Von Bülow’s wife, Cosima, was a mistress of Richard Wagner’s.
Good’s mentors include longtime New York Philharmonic tubist Warren Deck.
Deck studied with Abe Torchinsky.
Torchinsky was hired to join the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra by Hungarian conductor and violinist Eugene Ormandy.
Ormandy’s tutor was Jenö Hubay.
Hubay spent three years studying with violinist Joseph Joachim.
Joachim was friends with Robert Schumann.
McGill studied at The Curtis Institute of Music with American flutist Julius Baker.
Baker took classes with Marcel Tabuteau at The Curtis Institute.
Tabuteau served as principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1915 to 1954 under Leopold Stokowski.
Stokowski was an organ student with Ralph Vaughan Williams.
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Williams was a student alongside Gustav Holst.
Adkins returned to his native Dallas in 1987 to occupy the chair once held by his former teacher, Lev Aronson.
Aronson immigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1948, reuniting with his mentor Gregor Piatigorsky.
Russian cellist Piatigorsky was hired as the principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic by Wilhelm Furtwängler.
Furtwängler was appointed conductor of the Berlin Staatskapelle in 1920, succeeding Richard Strauss.
Howard studied with former Philadelphia Orchestra principal percussionist Charles Owen.
Owen studied timpani with Saul Goodman of the New York Philharmonic.
Goodman succeeded his own teacher, Alfred Friese.
Friese performed under the baton of Fritz Reiner, Arturo Toscanini, Richard Strauss, and Gustav Mahler.