Harold Farberman

Double Concerto for Violin and Percussion


            Farberman was a well-known composer, conductor, and percussionist.  Born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, he was the son of a popular klezmer drummer.  He attended both the Juillard School and the New England Conservatory.   Later, he was invited to study composition with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood.  In 1951 he joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a percussionist—the youngest member to that date.  He has conducted all over the world, and has recorded more of the music of Charles Ives than has any other conductor.