Piastro, Mishel. (1891-1970)
A signed card from the great violinist, dated 1933, mounted to paper along with a half-tone photograph clipped from an unidentified publication. Fine. Paper measures 6.5 x 10 inches (15.3 x 26 cm.), card 3.25 x 2.25 inch (8.2 x 5.7 cm.).
Piastro was one of Auer's great Russian-Jewish students, and with Elman and Zimbalist, he was exempted from military service by the Czar in order to further his career. Concertmaster of the of the San Francisco Symphony from 1925-31, he later was engaged by Toscanini to lead the NY Philharmonic, and won nationwide renown through his annual broadcasts as soloist with the orchestra. During Barbirolli's leaderhsip of the NY Philharmonic, Piastro was assistant conductor (1941-43), and during this period, also began serving as conductor and violin soloist with the Longines Symphonette, which performed for many years on radio and recordings.