Tiberius Klausner was four years old when he first heard a Gypsy violinist in the café next to his father Hermann’s restaurant in Arad, Romania. He started lessons at age six, practicing several hours a day, supervised by his mother Miriam Margarita. For recreation, he played chess with his younger brother. After the war – the last year of which the family spent in hiding – he studied music in Budapest, Paris, and New York. He joined the Kansas City Philharmonic in 1955 as the youngest concertmaster to lead a major symphony orchestra. He met his wife, Carla Levine, when she was visiting her parents in Kansas City.
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