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Joseph Achron

vn, 1886-1943 RU, Lazdijai
Musician / Composer of Classical
A.k.a. Иосиф Юльевич Ахрон (Joseph Yulyevich Achron)

Joseph Achron or Iosif Akhron (1886–1943) was a Russian-American composer and violinist of Jewish origin, older brother of pianist and composer Isidor Achron. He was born in Lazdijai, Lithuania (Russian Empire) and studied with Leopold Auer (violin) and Anatoly Liadov (composition) at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory from 1899 to 1904. Achron joined the Society for Jewish Folk Music in 1911 and wrote Hebrew Melody for violin and orchestra (Jascha Heifetz performed this piece). In 1913, Joseph became the head of the violin and chamber music departments at the Kharkiv Conservatory. After World War I, musician toured extensively, giving over 1000 concerts in three years around Russia, Europe and Near East. In 1922, Achron moved to Berlin and ran the Jewish music publishing company Yivneh with Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin. He immigrated to the United States in 1925 and settled in New York, where he had been teaching violin at the Westchester Conservatory. Joseph Achron perfomed his Violin Concerto No. 1 with Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1927. He moved to Hollywood in 1934, continuing his concert career and composing music for films. Joseph performed his second and third Violin Concertos with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in 1936 and 1939.

Popular Tracks   
Children's Suite, Op. 57 (Excerpts Arr. J. Heifetz for Violin & Piano): No. 4, Mamma, Tell a Fairy Tale on Violin Odyssey by Itamar Zorman, Ieva Jokubaviciute & Kwan Yi
Zwei Stimmungen, Op. 32: No. 1 in D Minor (Arr. B. A. Smith for Cello & Piano) on Exiles in Paradise: Émigré Composers in Hollywood by Brinton Averil Smith & Evelyn Chen
Hebrew Melody, Op. 33 (Arr. For theremin and piano) on Rachmaninov, S.: Vocalise / Saint-Saens, C.: Le Cygne / Falla, M.: El Amor Brujo / Achron, J.: Hebrew Melody by Clara Rockmore & Nadia Reisenberg
La Romanesca on Achron: Music for Violin and Piano by Joseph Achron, Michael Ludwig & Alison D'Amato
Hebrew Melody, Op.33 on Teenage Genius by Josef Hassid & Gerald Moore
Achron: Hebrew Melody in A Minor, Op. 33 on Violin Encores: Perlman by Itzhak Perlman
Hebrew Melody, Op. 33 on Heifetz: Encores by Jascha Heifetz
Stempenyu Suite: I. Stempenyu plays on Turnban, Ingolf / Nemtsov, Jascha: Hebrew Melodies by Ingolf Turban
Hebrew Melody, Op. 33 (Version for violin and piano) on The Great Violinists, Vol. 20 by Various Artists
Hebrew Melody, Op. 33 (version for violin and piano) on Achron: Music for Violin and Piano by Joseph Achron, Michael Ludwig & Alison D'Amato

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Title Artist Year Type
Complete Suites For Violin And PianoJoseph Achron – Hagai Shaham, Arnon Erez2012Album
Across Boundaries (Discovering Russia 1910-1940) - Vol. 2: The New Jewish School / Die Neue Jüdische SchuleLazare Saminsky, Alexander Weprik, Joseph Achron - Jascha Nemtsov1999Album
Hebrew MelodyLydia Mordkovitch, Max Bruch, Ernest Bloch, Maurice Ravel, Joseph Achron1981Album
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