Abraham Alexander Schneider was a violinist, conductor and educator.
16 Facts About Alexander Schneider
In 1927, Alexander Schneider became leader of an orchestra in Saarbrucken.
Abram took Schneider as a surname because his brother Mischa had already chosen it, and Alexander appealed to him as a first name.
Later on, Alexander Schneider felt the need to develop himself as an independent musician, so he left the quartet in 1944, full of energy and ideas.
Alexander Schneider was offered a conductorship of the Metropolitan Opera, and leadership of the Pro Arte and Paganini Quartets but turned them down.
Alexander Schneider toured with Ralph Kirkpatrick and he formed the Albeneri Trio with Benar Heifetz and Erich Itor Kahn.
In 1949, Alexander Schneider formed the Alexander Schneider Quartet to perform and record all eighty-three Haydn quartets.
In Prades, Alexander Schneider studied with Pablo Casals and persuaded him to participate in the 1950 Prades Festival to honor the 200th anniversary of Bach's death.
Alexander Schneider supported Casals in further Bach festivals at Prades and Perpignan.
Alexander Schneider was a very sociable man with a wide circle of friends.
Alexander Schneider worked hard to promote chamber music with free or subsidized concerts.
In 1956, the Budapest String Quartet persuaded Alexander Schneider to rejoin them.
Alexander Schneider had remained in close contact with the quartet and he stood in for Ortenberg or Gorodetzky when they were ill.
Alexander Schneider was the artistic director of the Alexander Schneider Concerts at the New School in New York City, from 1957 until his death.
Alexander Schneider played with a number of other chamber groups, among them his own string group, and the Brandenburg Ensemble.
Alexander Schneider died of heart failure in Manhattan, New York City, at the age of 84.