Violinist and violist Philipp Naegele has died aged 83. Born in
Stuttgart in 1928, he fled the Nazi regime, going first to England
on the Kindertransport in 1939, and then settling with his family
in New York City in 1940. Violin lessons and academic studies there
led to a doctorate in musicology from Princeton University. He also
studied for a year with Franz Samohyl in Vienna on a Fulbright
The year before the Marlboro Music School and Festival was established in Vermont in 1951, Naegele came to Marlboro to study with one of the festival's founders, Adolf Busch. For the next 60 years Naegele participated at Marlboro as a violinist and violist, and latterly as a translator of vocal texts.
From 1956 to 1964 he was a violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, and for 36 years he taught violin at Smith College. He also played in various chamber music ensembles, including the Cantilena Piano Quartet and the Vegh Quartet.