Josef Gingold (Russian: Джозеф Гингольд; October 28, 1909 — January 11, 1995[1]) was a Jewish American musician. Known as the "second greatest teacher" of his time, he was born in Brest-Litovsk, Russian Empire, and emigrated in 1920 to the United States where he studied violin with Vladimir Graffman in New York City. He then moved to Belgium for several years to study with master violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. He gave the first performance of Ysaÿe's 3rd Sonata for Solo Violin. In 1937, Gingold won a spot in the NBC Symphony Orchestra, with Arturo Toscanini as its conductor; he then served as the concertmaster (and occasional soloist) of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and later was the Cleveland Orchestra's concertmaster under conductor George Szell.

Gingold edited numerous violin technique books and orchestral excerpt collections. He taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for more than thirty years, until his death in 1995. His pupils included Jaime Laredo, Joseph Silverstein, Ulf Hoelscher, Joshua Bell, Miriam Fried, Jacques Israelievitch, Sho-Mei Pelletier, Shony Alex Braun, Herbert Greenberg, William Preucil, Yuval Yaron, Sherban Lupu, Andres Cardenes, Leonidas Kavakos, Chin Kim, Phillip Grossman, Elisa Barston, Nai-Yuan Hu, and Corey Cerovsek. Gingold died in Bloomington, Indiana in 1995.

Gingold's recording of Fritz Kreisler's works was nominated for a Grammy Award. Some of the numerous honors he received during his lifetime include the American String Teachers Association Teacher of the Year; the Fredrick Bachman Lieber Award for Distinguished Teaching at Indiana University; the Chamber Music America National Service Award; Baylor University's Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers; and the American Symphony Orchestra League's Golden Baton Award.

Josef Gingold was a founder of the quadrennial Indianapolis Violin Competition.

A detailed literary portrait of Josef Gingold is included in the book, Quintet, Five Journeys toward Musical Fulfillment, by David Blum (Cornell University Press, 1999). It originally appeared as an article in the 4 February 1991 issue of The New Yorker.


The discography of Josef Gingold is limited

  • The Primrose Quartet CD (Biddulph Recordings LAB052-53) reissue of the 1940-1941 78 rpm recordings, with Josef Gingold, William Primrose, Harvey Shapiro, Oscar Shumsky, and Jesus Maria Sanroma of Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra, performing works of Haydn, Schumann, Brahms, Smetana, and Tchaikovsky.
  • "Joseph Gingold Seventyfive", recordings from 1942-1968, including Walton's Sonata for VIolin and Piano, 1984 vinyl LP (Red Bud RB-1017).[2]
  • Josef Gingold Plays Fritz Kreisler, a 1976 vinyl LP record.
  • Gingold's 1973 recording of Kodaly's Duo with cellist Janos Starker, originally released on the LP (Fidelio F-003)[3], reissued in 1992 on the CD Starker Plays Kodaly, and in 2007 on SACD (TM-SACD 9002.2) and on vinyl LP by Hong Kong label TopMusic International.
  • Schubert's Sonatina in A minor, D385, and Liszt's Rapsodie Espagnole, with Gyorgy Sebok (piano) on LP (IND-722, Indiana University School of Music).[4]
  • The Art of Josef Gingold, a transfer to CD of the 1976 recording and a 1966 recording, by Music and Arts in 1989, and reissued in 2007 by Pristine Classical.


  1. New York Times obituary
  2. Liner notes to "The Art of Josef Gingold"
  3. Liner notes to "The Art of Josef Gingold"
  4. Liner notes to "The Art of Josef Gingold"

"Joseph Gingold" - International Violin Competition of Indianapolis [1]

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