The US violinist was 95 years old and toured extensively with his pianist wife, Jeanne Weiss


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Violinist Sidney Weiss died on 12 January 2024, aged 95. Weiss was born in 1928 and was educated at Chicago Musical College and later at DePaul University. During his time as a music student, he met his future wife Jeanne, a pianist, with whom he formed a violin-piano duo, the Weiss Duo. The duo recorded Elgar and Walton violin sonatas, as well as the Mendelssohn and Haydn Double Concertos.

From 1967 to 1972, Weiss served as concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Alongside his orchestral role, the Weiss Duo performed extensively  in the US and in two European tours. In 1972, the pair moved to Europe to pursue their solo and duo-recital careers full-time, performing in the UK, Holland, Austria, Germany, Israel, France, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, and Norway.

In 1973, Weiss was appointed concertmaster of the Orchestre National de l’Opera de Monte Carlo. He held the position until 1979, when he was invited to become the principal concertmaster with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the position he held until 1994. Weiss was described as ’ a man of tremendous integrity and a superb violinist’ by Ernest Fleischmann, the orchestra’s executive vice president and managing director at the time.

Jeanne Weiss died in July 2022. In addition to his violin playing, Weiss was also conductor of the Glendale Symphony, a violin and bow maker, and creator of replicas of furniture from the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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