Wikipedia Bio of Felix Galimir
Mr. Galimir was a member of a string quartet in the Galimir name. Indeed, for many years its members were Mr. Galimir and his three sisters, each of whom played the instruments necessary for that instrumentation. On his own, Mr. Galimir was asked to join the International Society of Contemporary Music, the successor to the Society for Private Musical Performances formed between 1918 -1922, which was founded by the famous composer Arnold Schoenberg. Critics were banned from attending the concerts because of the vehement opposition they expressed to his and his disciples music. The intellect and imagination of these composers, Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern, has led to the description of their music as the "Second Viennese School", the first being Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven et al, of the late 18th and early 20th Century.
There existed in Vienna at that time a widespread appreciation for music, resulting in many amateurs among the population and education in public schools, which included instruction on an instrument. The environment of music provided the important stimulus for the development of his talents.
Complete article at NYPhilomusica.com...|... NYTimes Obit, Feliz Galimir...|...member, Karen Tuttle...|...Geni profile of Feliz Galimir
VIDEO: Biographical History of the Galimir Quartet and performance of "Quartet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 16.: I Allegro molto" by Franz Schubert.