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Jacqueline du Pré

Jacqueline du Pré

  • January 26, 1945 Oxford - October 19, 1987 London


Jacqueline Du Pré was born in Oxford, January 26, 1945. At the age of four she already had a real talent for the cello. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London with William Pleeth, then in France with Paul Tortelier, in Switzerland with Pablo Casals and with Mstislav Rostropovich in Moscow. At the age of 13, William Pleeth made her play the Cello Concerto by Elgar, which she managed to memorize in only four days, and which she performed, according to Pleeth, "almost perfectly". Afterwards, the Concerto, played for the first time when she was barely 17 years old, at the Royal Festival Hall in London in 1962, became her favourite piece.

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