Hambourg, Boris

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Hambourg, Boris

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Born in Russia, Boris Hambourg moved to England with his family in 1891 where he studied cello with Herbert Walenn. In 1898, he entered the Hoch Konservatorium in Frankfurt, Germany to study with Hugo Becker and Ivan Knorr. Following his graduation in 1903, he toured widely as a soloist and a member of the Hambourg Trio (with his brothers, Mark and Jan). He moved to Canada with his family in 1910 and established the Hambourg Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario. After the death of his father, Mark Hambourg, in 1915, Boris became the director of the conservatory.

Boris Hambourg married the pianist Maria ('Borina') Bauchope in 1923. During this year, he also founded the Hart House String Quartet, with whom he toured regularly from 1923 to 1946. He also founded the Toronto Music Lovers' Club and was an active member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. He died in Toronto on November 24, 1954.


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