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” … Mr. Klausner gave a passionate and heartfelt account of the Bruch …. His performance was full of sentiment and melancholy …. a performance that thrives on Klausner’s sense of musical line and beautifully nuanced tone. Technically, it was flawless.”  Kansas City Times

“Klausner plays with new assurance and authority. To these virtues he adds a burning tone and a most expressive range of vibrato.”  Kansas City Star

Tibor Klausner fell in love with the violin after hearing a gypsy violinist playing outside his father’s restaurant in Arad, Transylvania (Romania). He studied music at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris before moving to New York City to complete his studies at the Julliard School.


Upon graduation from Julliard in 1955, Tibor became — at age twenty-three — Concertmaster of the Kansas City Philharmonic. In 1967, he retired from the Philharmonic to become Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he taught for thirty-two years and was a much loved and distinguished teacher and performer. From 1982-1999 he was Concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra.


Tibor has performed with major symphony orchestras in the U.S., Israel, and South Korea and with chamber music groups including the Mid-America String Quartet, the Klausner Quartet, and the Volker String Quartet, and in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In addition, there were many Klausner and Friends concerts in collaboration with guest artists from the Conservatory, and duo concerts with pianists Walter Cook, Gerald Kemner, John McIntyre and Richard Cass, his musical partner for twenty-five years.

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