Boston Symphony Orchestra's principal cellist dies aged 85
Jules Eskin, t he principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for more than half a century, has died aged 85 after a long struggle with cancer.
An orchestra spokeswoman said Eskin died at his home in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Eskin began his tenure as the orchestra's principal cellist in 1964. He played for five music directors and participated in the orchestra's many tours, including its historic 1979 jaunt to China.
Eskin also was a founding member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and toured the world, including the Soviet Union for a series of concerts in 1967.
Before joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra he spent three years as principal cellist with the Cleveland Orchestra and seven years with New York City Opera.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma calls Eskin a "role model" and a "consummate musician".