Victor Hochhauser Bio
Victor Hochhauser CBE (27 March 1923 – 23 March 2019) was a British music promoter. He and his wife Lilian have been called “Britain’s foremost independent promoters of classical music and ballet”.
Victor Hochhauser Wiki/Bio
|Born||27 March 1923
Košice, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
|Died||23 March 2019 (aged 95)
|Residence||Hampstead, London, England|
|Spouse(s)||Lilian Hochhauser (née Shields)
(1949–2019; his death)
Victor Hochhauser was born on 27 March 1923 in Košice, Czechoslovakia, the son of an industrialist father. His grandfather and great-grandfather were rabbis. He is a direct descendent of the Chatam Sofer, a leading Orthodox Rabbi of European Jewry in the nineteenth century. Victor Hochhauser came to the UK from Slovakia in 1939 as refugees from the Nazis.
His career as an impresario started in 1945 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Following the death of Stalin in 1953, Victor Hochhauser was the first impresario to organise tours of the West by Soviet musicians, and introduced audiences to David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, and Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Dmitri Shostakovich was a house guest. Victor Hochhauser has said, “My great stroke of luck came when Stalin died”.
Victor Hochhauser was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.
In June 2010, the Victor Hochhauser was presented with the Order of Friendship by Russia.
He met his future wife Lilian Shields, born in Britain to Russian-Jewish parents, when they were both working for Rabbi Dr Solomon Schonfeld in London. Lilian was also appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2018. They married in 1949 and had four children: Shari, Simon, Mark Sofer and Daniel. Victor Hochhauser have eleven grandchildren.
Victor Hochhauser Cause of Death
Victor Hochhauser died on 23 March 2019 in a London hospital. His wife Lilian survives him.
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