Eugene Fodor

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Eugene Nicholas Fodor, Jr. (March 5, 1950 – February 26, 2011) was an American classical violinist.

Fodor was born in Denver, Colorado. His first ten years of study were with Harold Wippler, who taught him from 1958 until 1968. Wippler observed that "It was very apparent that he had exceptional talent. Not just technical talent but a great, unusual understanding of music". He then studied at the Juilliard School in New York City, Indiana University and the University of Southern California, where his teachers included Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold and Jascha Heifetz, respectively.

Fodor made his solo debut with the Denver Symphony at the age of ten, playing Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, and began touring as a soloist while still a young teenager.

Fodor won numerous national contests before the age of seventeen, including First Prize in both the Merriweather Post Competition in Washington, D.C. and the Young Musicians Foundation Competition in Los Angeles, California.

He went on to win first prize in the Paganini Competition in Italy in 1972, at the age of 22. It was this win that gained him widespread public attention. He achieved the highest prize awarded (second prize, shared with two other violinists) in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1974 in Moscow, Russia. This award raised his profile further, as an American sharing the top Soviet prize during the height of the Cold War. He signed a recording contract with RCA Red Seal and was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Fodor was also awarded the European Soloist award "Prix Europeen du Soliste" in January 1999.

He appeared on the television show SCTV on 20 November 1981 in a parody of the Joan Crawford movie Humoresque called New York Rhapsody.

His career declined in the late 1980s after an arrest for drug possession on Martha's Vineyard in 1989 resulted in negative publicity.

He died from cirrhosis in Arlington County, Virginia, at the age of 60. His first marriage was to Susan Davis in 1978 and they divorced in 1986. His second marriage to Sally Svetland also ended in divorce. He remarried Susan in November 2010. He and Susan had three children and two grandchildren.
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Eugene Fodor - Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto album art Eugene Fodor Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (Album) RCA Red Seal UK 1974 Sell This Version
ARL1-0735 Eugene Fodor - First Western World Top Prize Winner Of The Tchaikovsky Violin Competition Eugene Fodor album art Eugene Fodor, Wieniawski*, Ysaÿe*, Tchaikovsky*, Paganini*, Prokofiev* Eugene Fodor, Wieniawski*, Ysaÿe*, Tchaikovsky*, Paganini*, Prokofiev* - First Western World Top Prize Winner Of The Tchaikovsky Violin Competition Eugene Fodor(LP, Album) RCA Red Seal ARL1-0735 US 1974 Sell This Version
ARL1-1172 Eugene Fodor - Eugene Fodor Plays Paganini, Sarasate, Vitali And Others album art Eugene Fodor Eugene Fodor Plays Paganini, Sarasate, Vitali And Others(LP) RCA Red Seal ARL1-1172 US 1975 Sell This Version
RL11565 Eugene Fodor - Concerto No. 1 /  Concerto En Mi album art Paganini* - Mendelssohn*, Eugene Fodor, New Philharmonia Orchestra Dir. Peter Maag Paganini* - Mendelssohn*, Eugene Fodor, New Philharmonia Orchestra Dir. Peter Maag - Concerto No. 1 / Concerto En Mi(LP, Album) RCA Red Seal RL11565 France 1976 Sell This Version
Eugene Fodor - The Romantic Violin (Eugene Fodor Plays Fritz Kreisler) album art Eugene Fodor Plays Fritz Kreisler Eugene Fodor Plays Fritz Kreisler - The Romantic Violin (Eugene Fodor Plays Fritz Kreisler) RCA Red Seal UK 1977 Sell This Version
ARL1-2954 Eugene Fodor - Eugene Fodor The Violin Concertos Of Khachaturian And Glazounov album art Eugene Fodor, Aram Khatchaturian, Alexander Glazounov* Eugene Fodor, Aram Khatchaturian, Alexander Glazounov* - Eugene Fodor The Violin Concertos Of Khachaturian And Glazounov(LP, Album) RCA Red Seal ARL1-2954 US 1979 Sell This Version
Eugene Fodor - Rhapsody Pathetique For Violin And Orchestra, Symphony For Strings, Concerto Grosso For Brass Trio And Chamber Orchestra album art Richard Nanes, London Philharmonic Orchestra*, Eugene Fodor Richard Nanes, London Philharmonic Orchestra*, Eugene Fodor - Rhapsody Pathetique For Violin And Orchestra, Symphony For Strings, Concerto Grosso For Brass Trio And Chamber Orchestra (Album) Delfon Recording Society US 1986 Sell This Version
LR-137 Eugene Fodor - Sonata for Violin and Piano / Declamation / Sonata for Violin and Piano album art Eugene Fodor, Arlene Portney Eugene Fodor, Arlene Portney - Sonata for Violin and Piano / Declamation / Sonata for Violin and Piano(LP, Album) Laurel Record LR-137 US 1986 Sell This Version
09026-60910-2 Eugene Fodor - Violin Concerto, A Midsummer Night's Dream album art Mendelssohn*, Eugene Fodor, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf Mendelssohn*, Eugene Fodor, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf - Violin Concerto, A Midsummer Night's Dream(Cass) RCA Victor Silver Seal, BMG Classics 09026-60910-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
CCD-1017 Eugene Fodor - Witches Brew album art Eugene Fodor Witches Brew(CD, Album) Clarity Recordings CCD-1017 US 1997 Sell This Version
DSP 8847 Eugene Fodor - Back 2 Back album art Esteban, Eugene Fodor Esteban, Eugene Fodor - Back 2 Back(2xCD, Album) Daystar Productions DSP 8847 US 2003 Sell This Version

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