Primrose, William

Primrose, William, 1904–82, Scottish-American violist. After studying in London, and with Eugène Ysaÿe , he played with the London String Quartet (1930–35) and the NBC Symphony Orchestra (1937–42). In 1939 he formed his own quartet. As a soloist he ranked among the world's outstanding violists and greatly contributed to establishing the viola as a concert instrument. Several concertos were written for him.

See his Walk on the North Side (1978); D. Dalton, Playing the Viola: Conversations with William Primrose (1988).

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