|Birth name||Arnold Eidus|
November 28, 1922|
Bronx, New York, United States
|Died||June 3, 2013
Delray Beach, Florida
|Genres||Classical, Pop, Latin, Jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Violinist, Recording artist, Record company executive|
|Labels||RCA Victor, HMV, Phillips, Stradivari, Basta|
Eidus's father (Harry Eidus, 1897-1984), a Jewish immigrant from Dvinsk, Latvia, was a violinist; his mother (Sadie "Sonia" Birkenfeld, 1901-1983), who was born in New York, played piano. A child prodigy, Eidus made his performance debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 11. He studied at the Juilliard School under Louis Persinger (who also taught Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, and Ruggiero Ricci). He met his future wife, piano student Doris Dresher, at Juilliard.
Eidus was a versatile session accompanist who recorded and performed in the classical, jazz, pop, rhythm & blues, and Latin genres. He recorded with Perry Como, Coleman Hawkins, Lena Horne, Marian McPartland, Ruth Brown, Paul Desmond, Freddie Hubbard, Raymond Scott, Wes Montgomery, Patti Austin, Perez Prado, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Edgar Winter, Cal Tjader, Carmen McRae, and countless others over a career that spanned six decades. In 1945, as part of the American Broadcasting Corporation's orchestra, he was a featured soloist in a New York recording of Paul Whiteman's re-orchestration of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. He recorded his classical repertoire for the RCA Victor, HMV, Phillips, and Stradivari record labels.
In 1946 Eidus became the first American violinist to win the coveted Jacques Thibaud Award in Paris. In the 1950s, he emerged as one of the most sought-after commercial violinists in New York, working in TV, radio, and films, on the concert stage, and in recording sessions. His classical repertoire included works by Kodály, Beethoven, Elgar, Copland, de Falla, Henryk Wieniawski, Sibelius, Brahms, and others.
In reviewing a February 7, 1950 recital at Carnegie Hall, the New York Times wrote, "Mr. Eidus is a brilliant virtuoso with a flair for the dramatic—perhaps one might say the theatrical—and his recital was never dull for a moment." This concert featured the debut and only public performance of jazz/pop composer Raymond Scott's Suite for Violin and Piano (which reportedly was composed as a showcase for Eidus) during the composer's lifetime.
In the United States, Eidus performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, the Chicago Symphony under Izler Solomon, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Antal Dorati (at the Hollywood Bowl). In Europe Eidus performed as soloist with the London Symphony (at Royal Albert Hall), the Vienna Philharmonic, the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, and at other prestigious venues.
In 1950, Eidus and cellist George Ricci founded the Stradivari Records label. In its November 4, 1950 issue, Billboard magazine reported that Eidus and Ricci "are producing chamber music in which they perform. Eidus and Ricci also handle all technical work themselves, including recording on tape and mastering." Besides Eidus and Ricci, the label's artist roster included pianist Leopold Mittman, conductor Alfred Vittori, violinist Emanuel Green, conductor Henri Rosco, flutist Guido Novello, and violinist Reno Fantuzzi.
- Eidus recording credits at AllMusic Guide
- Eidus album credits at AlbumCredits.com
- Eidus partial discography at Discogs.com
- Concert review from Gramophone magazine, July 1947
- Article: "An Extraordinary Life: Arnold Eidus," Florida Sun-Sentinel, November 29, 2002
- on YouTube (1958) of A. D'Ambrosio's Canzonetta, accompanied by Gloria Agostini on harp
- "Arnold Eidus, 90, Adman With a Stradivarius, Dies," New York Times obit, June 10, 2013
- Obituary Archived June 17, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. South Florida Sun-Sentinel, June 5, 2013
- Eidus family at Genealogy.com[permanent dead link]
- Liner notes, Rhapsody In Blue, Earl Wild piano transcriptions, Ivory Classics Records, 1997; page 9
- Arnold Eidus eulogy at Raymond Scott blog
- George Ricci obituary, Allegro (Musicians Union Local 802), September 2010
- Billboard Magazine, November 4, 1950, page 22: "Quality Music Hits LP Stride"
- Doris Dresher Genealogy
- Eidus family history Archived May 27, 2003, at the Wayback Machine.