Anshel Brusilow (1928-2018) was the Philadelphia-born son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. He studied violin with Efrem Zimbalist at Curtis, and at 16 became the youngest conducting student of Pierre Monteux, who encouraged his aspirations to be a soloist until Brusilow married his wife, Marilyn; Madame Monteux felt a marriage was deadly to a career as a touring virtuoso. Brusilow became concertmaster and assistant conductor of the New Orleans Symphony from 1954 to 1955, associate concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1955 to 1959, and concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1959 to 1966.
Anshel Brusilow conducts the Chamber Symphony Of Philadelphia - The Complete RCA Album CollectionArtists Anshel Brusilow
Release Date: 11/08/2023
"An orchestra of rare quality" - that's how High Fidelity described the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia, founded in 1966 by Anshel Brusilow, then concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Brusilow, who studied conducting and played under Pierre Monteux, George Szell, and Eugene Ormandy, auditioned more than 1,000 musicians for the 36 full-time positions and conducted the ensemble from 1966 until 1968, when it was disbanded for want of adequate philanthropic support for a second orchestra in the city. But over the course of two and a half seasons it had already performed more than 240 concerts and made six albums for RCA Victor.
Now, for the first time in 50 years, these recordings are once again available.