He started learning violin and then studied cello in the Peabody Institute with such teachers as W. Wirts, Willem Willeke or Leo Schulz. Soloist, as early as 1916, of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Stokowski’s conducting, he became in 1918 principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, then conducted by Walter Damrosch.
In 1921 he met and even played with Pablo Casals who was touring the United States. The latter encouraged him further studying in Europe which he did with Julius Klengel, Hugo Becker, Nadia Boulanger and Diran Alexanian; Pablo Casals remained however his most important mentor and they became lifelong friends. Eisenberg spent the years between 1926-1939 playing and teaching in Europe:
- Soloist with the main European and American orchestras, he premiered, in 1938 with the Pasdeloup Orchestra, the Concerto ballata composed and conducted by Glazunov as well as the Rhapsodie Hébraïque Schelomo composed and conducted by Ernest Bloch. His interpretations of the Cello Suites (Bach) were a reference and he was playing in the Trio Menuhin.
- He founded and was the artistic director of the « London International Violoncello Center » and taught at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris where he succeeded Diran Alexanian.
In the U.S., he held teaching positions at the Academy of Music (Philadelphia), the University of Southern California as well as at the Cambridge Longy School and, for the ten last years of his life, at the International Summer Courses of Cascais (Portugal).
Cellist Louis Rosoor transcribed the Mozart Sonata for Bassoon and Violoncello (K.292/196c) into a cello concerto, of which he inscribed in 1938 a reduction for cello and piano to Maurice Eisenberg. Maurice Eisenberg’s book, Cello Playing of Today, first published in 1957, has been re-edited several times. Michael Masters, one of his students, organized the publication of the Eisenberg’s annotated version of the Cello Suites (Bach).
- Data web site of Bibliothèque Nationale de France
- Lyse Vézina, Le violoncelle: Ses origines, son histoire, ses interprètes, Varia (Editions), 2006, p. 285 (fr)
- Web site of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Cello Music Collections)
- The copy sent by Louis Rosoor to Maurice Eisenberg is held at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
|This article about an American classical musician is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This article on a cellist is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|