пятница, 2 марта 2012 г.


ALBANY Jeanne Mitchell Biancolli, 70, of Millerton, Dutchess County, a concert violinist of international stature during the 1940s and 1950s, died Monday in Albany Medical Center Hospital after a fall while planting a tree at her daughter's home.

Born in Wilmington, N.C., she made her New York City debut in 1947 in Town Hall. She went on to a solo career and performed with many nationally and internationally prominent orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Hague Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. Her career took her on three world tours, and from 1947 to 1957 she played six solo recitals at Carnegie Hall.

In 1949, The New York Times wrote: ``The name of Jeanne Mitchell, who gave a recital in the Twilight Series at Carnegie Hall yesterday, is one that belongs near the head of the list of up-and-coming young violinists. Great violinists who have already arrived have arrived without anything nearly so stunning in their repertory as her performance of Prokofiev's G-Minor.''

She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Barnard College and served as violinist in Leopold Stokowski's New York City Symphony shortly after graduation.

In 1958, she married Louis Biancolli, author and music critic for The New York World-Telegram & Sun, and soon pulled away from the concert stage to raise a family.

In the 1970s, she taught privately and at the Wykeham Rise School in Washington, Conn., where her chamber music pupils included violinist Cho-Liang Lin and cellist Roberta Cooper.

In her later years, she returned to performing and in 1992 played the Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut, where she was concert master. She appeared often with ensembles throughout Connecticut.

She had been preparing the Glazunov Concerto for a 1995 performance with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. Two weeks before her death, she performed the Bach Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe with the Litchfield Chamber Orchestra.

Survivors include her daughter, Amy Biancolli Ringwald of Albany, an arts and entertainment writer for the Times Union; a brother, Alexander C. Mitchell of Frenchtown, N.J.; and a granddaughter.

A service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in St. George's Church, Livingston Avenue and Thornton Street, Albany. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Washington, Conn.

Calling hours will be held after 5 p.m. Thursday in the church.

Contributions may be made to the Abbey of Regina Laudis, Bethlehem, Conn.

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