The Philharmonic Orchestra in the Polish city of Cz?stochowa has
been named after the violinist Bronislaw Huberman, who was born
there in 1882, reports Polskie Radio. An official ceremony to mark
the renaming is planned for 3 October, when the orchestra's concert
hall is due to reopen after refurbishment.
Huberman left Poland in 1892 to study in Berlin with Joachim's assistant Carl Markees. He also secretly studied with the Polish–Russian virtuoso Charles Grigorovich, and then took lessons with Hugo Heermann in Frankfurt and Martin Marsick in Paris. Already giving concerts by this stage, Huberman went on to play Brahms's Concerto in 1896 in the presence of the composer.
Huberman had an excitable, intense personality and his idiosyncratic technique divided opinion. He was a supporter of the Pan-Europa political movement and spoke out against the Nazis. In the 1930s he formed the Palestine Symphony Orchestra as a way of helping fellow persecuted Jewish musicians.