Janos Starker, RIP
Fall of 1989... I had no business attending (not as a performer but as audience) a master class he gave at Indiana University Conservatory of Music while I was visiting a friend who studied with him. The word "intimidating" does little to describe this hurricane of a man. But above all, he was a great musician and a sensitive artist... outspoken, hard drinking and chimney-like smoker, but a beautiful cellist nonetheless. Rest in peace, Maestro.