I do not doubt the studies, but I think Fiedler was primarily a double bass player before he started conducting. Source: (a) conversations with musicians in Boston, ca. 1965; (2) statement by Fiedler in a conversation between him and Leroy Anderson, http://www.pbs.org/sleighride/Biography/Evening_at_Pops.htm -Lofty On May 6, 2014, at 12:00 AM, ARSCLIST automatic digest system <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Subject: Re: Dora Labbette, Soprano with string quartette: The Flowers of the Forests, 1925? > > I just looked up Fiedler in Wiki, and while born in Boston, his parents > moved to Europe (Vienna and Berlin) and he studied violin with Willy Hess > at the Berlin Hochschule. I didn't see mention of the Johann Strauss III's > orchestra, but that is possible. I might be wrong about his playing the > viola. Monteux was a violist, and both Reiner and Mitropoulos were > pianists. We have a recording of Mitropoulos performing and conducting a > Prokofiev concerto.