Inez Lauritano



Competition Winner

Born: 1910 (The Bronx, NY)


Violinist Inez Lauritano was born to Italian parents in the Bronx, NY. She started violin studies at age 4 and at age 6, appeared in public and was declared "A Prodigy Girl." At age 9 she played for the Musical League, the Beethoven Society and had made a Chautauqua tour.

As a child she was stricken with paralysis and was confined to a bed for three years eventually making a remarkable recovery.

Lauritano studied with Enrico Ranieri, Eddy Brown, Efrem Zimbalist, and with Leopold Auer for six years at the Juilliard Graduate School. After Auer's death she continued her studies under Louis Persinger. She also appeared as assistant concertmaster of the American Orchestral Society and as a soloist at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Town Hall and Carnegie Hall.

Inez Laritano was named a winner of the 1932 Walter W. Naumburg Competition.

Excerpt from The New York Times review, January 18, 1932

Inez Lauritano Plays

"Inez Lauritano, a 21-year old violinist, who played her first concert at the age of 6, appeared yesterday in a concert of the Young American Artist Series at the Barbizon Hotel, with her teacher, Louis Persinger, at the piano. Her program included Vitali's Ciaccona, Paganini's Concerto in D major and a group of airs. She was enthusiastically greeted by an audience that filled the small hall.

Miss Laritano played with rich open tones and displayed a mastery of violin technique in the Paganini concerto, which demands all that a violinist can give in the way of bowing and skillful fingering... the violinist showed a warmth and understanding in the Vitali selection which marked her as a true artist." G.B.G

Excerpt from The New York Times review, January 25, 1943

Inez Lauritano in Recital

Young Violinist Plays Sonata by Beethoven in Town Hall

"Inez Lauritano, young New York violinist, gave her fifth New York recital last night at Town Hall. Arpad Sandor was her accompanist and her program was confined to four works, Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano, op. 30, no. 2; Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole; the adagio and fuga from Bach's Sonata in G minor; and Sarasate's "Carmen" Fantasy.

It was an evening of distinguished playing. The tone was unerringly true and it never once lost its quality. From the point of view of technique alone it would have been an exhilarating evening... everything was marked by musicianship and refinement, by exquisite phrasing and long singing lines of melody... it was in the unaccompanied Bach, however, that Miss Lauritano did her noblest playing. The performance had loftiness of feeling and a sure sense of style."


1932 Naumburg Competition

First Prize

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