William Kroll, classical music composer
(1901-1980) was an American composer and violinist. Kroll was born in New York City and died in Boston, Massachusetts. His most famous composition is Banjo and Fiddle for violin and piano.
William Kroll greatly contributed to music during his day, both as a soloist and as a member of various intimate chamber ensembles. From 1911 to 1914 he was a student of Marteau at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik. The time he was a pupil of Franz Kneisel and P. Goetschius at the Institute of Musical Art (1917 - 1922), he made his professional debut in New York. After completing his schooling, he toured parts of Europe, North, and Central America as a soloist and a member of the Elshuco Trio (1922 - 1929), the Coolidge Quartet (1936 - 1944), and the Kroll Quartet (1944 - 1969). In the midst of his performance schedule, he taught at various facilities, first at the Institute of Musical Art (1922 - 1938), then at the Mannes College (1943), the Peabody Conservatory (1947 - 1965), Tanglewood (as of 1949), the Cleveland Institute of Music (1964 - 1967), and also at Queens College beginning in 1969.
Banjo and Fiddle
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