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Arthur Polson: Biography

Arthur Polson
1934 - 2003
Region: Prairie

Arthur Polson

ARTHUR POLSON (b. Vancouver March 2, 1934), internationally renowned as a composer, conductor and violin soloist, has performed extensively throughout Canada and the United States, including numerous performances for CBC radio and television broadcasts.

As a composer, Polson was influenced by Alun Hoddinott, Prokofiev, Shostakovitch and Vaughan Williams. His works include Concerto (1965) For Bassoon and Strings which was written for George Zukerman, and Duo No.5 for horn and piano, which was recorded by Gloria Johnson and William Aide on CBC recording SM79. Since 1986, many of Polson's chamber works have been performed in various chamber music series in British Columbia.

In 1992, Polson was the soloist for a CD called "Silhouettes" which included his Two Pieces for Violin and Piano. He was also a featured performer on the CD entitled "Pulsations" playing music written by Victor Davies.

For twenty years, Polson was concertmaster of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, CBC Winnipeg Orchestra and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. He also appeared frequently as guest conductor for these organizations. In 1979, Polson performed as concertmaster in Carnegie Hall, New York for the Symphonicum Europae Foundation with artists such as Sir Yehudi Menhuin, Jorge Bolet, Maureen Forrester, Peter Ustinov, Ruggiero Ricci and Roberta Peters.

Polson was music director and conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for Queen Elizabeth's Royal Visit in 1984. Conductor and music director since 1987 of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, and co-concertmaster of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Polson is a founding member of Festival Players of Canada.

Arthur Polson passed away in February, 2003


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