Mara Sebriansky



Competition Winner

Born: 1914 (New York, NY)

Died: August 30, 2001 (Bainbridge, WA)

Mara Sebriansky (Dvonch) began her career as a winner of the 1939 Walter W. Naumburg Competition. At the time she won Naumburg, Sebriansky was a member of the New Friends of Music Orchestra and played in string quartets and trios. She later played under conductors Leopold Stowkowski, William Steinberg, Andre Previn and Sir Thomas Beecham, and was an associate concertmaster for the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1969-1979.

Born Bess Simon in NY, she adopted her stage name, Mara Sebriansky, when she graduated from Juilliard. Sebriansky was her parents' original surname, which they changed after immigrating to the United States from Minsk, Russia.

Excerpt from The New York Times review, October 24, 1939

Violinist Makes Debut

"The young artist played Tartini's A minor Sonata, Mozart's A Major Concerto, and Glazunoff concerto and a group of shorter works...her performance bespoke good taste, independent thinking and personal feeling." Harold Taubman


1939 Naumburg Competition

First Prize

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