British violinist Raymond Cohen, the last leader of the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra to be appointed by Thomas Beecham, has died
aged 91. Cohen won a scholarship at 14 to study at the Royal
Manchester College of Music, and at 15 began playing with the Hallé
Orchestra as its youngest ever member.
Among the early highlights of Cohen's solo career were performing three concertos in one night with the Hallé, and winning the first Carl Flesch Violin Competition in 1945. He went on to combine work as a concertmaster with a career as a soloist and chamber musician, performing with his wife, pianist Anthya Rael. He led the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 1959 to 1965 and taught at the Royal College of Music.