US violinist and concertmaster John Lambros has died aged 98

The musican was also a dedicated teacher and served as a professor at Morris Harvey College in Charleston

September 15, 2016

US violinist John Lambros, who for 55 years served as concertmaster and first chair violinist of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra – later renamed the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra – has died at the age of 98.

Following studies at the American Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University, in addition to post-graduate work at Indiana University, Lambros moved to Charleston in 1950, taking up a professorship at Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston) and assuming leadership duties with the city’s symphony orchestra.

A dedicated teacher, Lambros also helped to launch the Kanawha Valley Youth Orchestra, which later became the West Virginia Youth Symphony, and subsequently served as the ensemble’s conductor.

Photo: Kenn Kemp / Gazette-Mail

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