photo: Milan Chvostek
|Born||May 27, 1924|
|Died||23 August 2018 (aged 94)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Eli Kassner studied guitar in Vienna and Israel before moving to Canada in 1951. He also studied in the United States, Israel, and in Spain, under the great virtuoso classical guitarist, Andrés Segovia. He performed until 1967.
In 1956, he founded the Guitar Society of Toronto. He was its president from 1960 to 1966 and artistic director from 1970 to 2008. In 1967, he established the Eli Kassner Guitar Academy.
Eli Kassner was awarded an honorary doctorate from Carleton University and was also inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America's Hall of Fame. In 2009, the Guitar Society of Toronto, honored Eli Kassner with a lifetime 'Artistic Director Emeritus' appointment.
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- "Eli Kassner". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
- "Eli Kassner". The Heirloom Series. Government of Canada. Archived from the original on 6 April 2005.
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