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Death: David B. Freed

David B. Freed, 88, of Salt Lake City, died Sunday, January 25, 1998 in Oxford, England where he was visiting his daughter. David was born January 16, 1910 in Philadelphia to Morris and Rose Freed. He married Belle Roman in 1942 (later deceased). He married Dorothy Trimble in 1962.

He was a cellist with a long and distinguished career as a performer and teacher. He began to study the cello at an early age and, at 14, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as one of its youngest pupils. During the succeeding years, he garnered numerous awards and honors for his solo and chamber music performances. He collaborated with Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Gian Carlo Menotti, and many others.In 1935, he put his performing career on hold to become an Executive Board member of the 16,000 member New York City Local of the American Federation of Musicians, taking up the challenge to organize a Union welfare scheme to assist the 3,000 musicians left unemployed by the Depression and the advent of motion pictures with recorded sound.

He served in the US Army from 1943 to 1945. Following his discharge, he studied at the Juilliard Institute and served as the Principal Cellist of the Juilliard Symphony. He played in a number of leading symphony orchestras under the batons of Toscanini, Cantelli and others. He served as principal cellist for numerous ballets and Broadway musicals, participating in premiers and original cast recordings of Porgy and Bess, Peter Pan, Gypsy, and West Side Story.

A highlight of his solo career was his performance of the Bach Suites at the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City in 1956. This was the first performance of all six suites on a single occasion, and earned high critical acclaim. Later that year, he joined the Utah Symphony as Principal Cellist, at the invitation of Maestro Maurice Abravanel. He remained with the Symphony for 25 years, during which time he also contributed broadly to musical life in Utah. He was a founding member of the Utah String Quartet and an original board member for Young Audiences. In addition, he devoted considerable energies to teaching. He introduced many hundreds of students in Ogden elementary and secondary schools to music using a low-cost stringed instrument of his own invention, and developed a unique teaching method set out in his two books "Cello Adventures" and "Cello Explorer". He also had many advanced students, and was Adjunct Professor of Music at both the University of Utah and at Brigham Young University. He was a gifted and dedicated teacher who inspired the love of music in countless pupils and saw several achieve distinguished careers as cellists in their own right.

He retired at the age of 70 when his hearing deteriorated. He had deep and longstanding political convictions, and in the subsequent 18 years, devoted his considerable energies to organizations promoting greater understanding between peoples and nations, and fostering peace. His contributions with his wife Dorothy to the United Nations Association of Utah were especially distinctive.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sister, Elsa; daughters, Elida and Maureen; son-in-law, John Vickers and four grandchildren, Daniel, James, Hannah and Zoe.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 5, 1998 at 4:30 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. So. Temple. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions to the United Nations Association of Utah (1509 East Spring Leaf Drive, SLC, UT 84117).

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