Max Rostal

Violinist and teacher; born 7 August 1905 in Teschen (Austria), died 6 August 1991 in Bern, Switzerland.


From the age of 15, Max Rostal was already having lessons with the foremost teacher of his time, Carl Flesch. After completing his studies with him, Rostal worked as a violinist in Vienna and Oslo before becoming his former teacher's assistant at the Hochschule für Musik Berlin in 1928. With a group of his students from Berlin including Maria Lidka, Rostal emigrated to the UK where he went onto be a successful and influential teacher and performer in London. He was professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London until moving to Bern, Switzerland in 1958.

Links and sources

Max Rostal in the University of Hamburg online database of musicians persecuted during the Nazi Period

Elsewhere in this resource

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch interview

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