On This Day: Birth of British cellist Jacqueline du Pré in Oxford (1945)

Born January 26, 1945 in Oxford, England, (died October 19, 1987 in London, England); daughter of Derek and Iris (Greep) Du Pre; married Daniel Barenboim, June 15, 1967; Education: London Cello School; Guildhall School of Music, London, 1960; studied with William Pleeth, Paul Tortelier, Pablo Casals, Mstislaw Rostropovich. Education: London Cello School.

The career of young Jacqueline DuPré lasted a brief 12 years and during that time she graced the stages of the great concert halls of the world, with her passionate performances. Tragically, in October of 1973 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, leaving her unable to play her cello. The extraordinary talent and charisma of young DuPré were fondly extolled in tributes from her friends and musical colleagues, both during her lifetime and after her death. Recordings of her emotive performances retained their appeal for decades afterward. She is perhaps best remembered by the strains of the Elgar Concerto her signature musical and her numerous renditions of that composition.

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