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100th anniversary of David Hochstein's death

Oct 15, 2018
Originally published on October 15, 2018 1:12 pm

A ceremony commemorated the 100th anniversary of David Hochstein’s death Monday morning.

David Hochstein was born in 1892, later graduating from East High. He then got his masters in Europe with the help of George Eastman, and went on to play stages around the world, including Carnegie Hall.


But the violinist was just 26 years old when he died serving in World War One.

Margaret Quackenbush is the President and Executive Director of the Hochstein School.

"Rochester musicians gave a concert in his memory. It was attended by thousands. And funds raised at that concert led to the creation of a music school named in his memory, fulfilling his cherished hope of enriching the lives of children in the very neighborhood where he grew up."

One of Hochstein’s works was also featured at the small ceremony, Marcos Kreutzer is a violinist and the Strings Department Co Chair at the school.

"I think it’s really cool to be able to teach in a place that has been dedicated to a violinist and who’s wrote some interesting music and is so dep into the story not just of our city but also the country."

He says he’s honored to work at a school named after David.

"For me personally, I think it’s the fact that we can really help so many kids play. And if you think about the - what the school stands for which is offering music for any who walk in our doors i think that’s the biggest thing."

Since he died at war, Hochstein has a memorial plaque attached to the gravesite of his mother and father in Mount Hope Cemetery.

A concert Friday at 7pm will also honor the life of the young violinist, with Hochstein faculty playing more selections of his work.

Video of the service by WXXI's Martin Kaufman: