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Leonard Pennario and Henri Temianka.


Henri Temianka & Leonard Pennario

Here you will find some material on Henri. I am indebted to the Daniel Temianka, Henri's son, for much of this material.
For a more detailed write up of Henri and his life, see Wikipedia here.

Henri was a world class violinist who eventually settled in Los Angeles. He was born in Scotland of Polish parents.

His book "Facing the Music" is full of wonderful stories ranging from Europe and Russia in the 1920's to the USA and Europe in the late 20th century. He was a soloist, first violin in the Paganini Quartet, and founder and conductor of the California Chamber Symphony. From the book one gets the sense that Henri, in addition to his other talents, was quite adept at promotion; originally of himself as a young artist starting out, and eventually as the founder and conductor of his own orchestra.

He was also a member of the LA music scene that included, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, and Leonard Pennario among many others. They would get together to play chamber music in each other's homes.

Here is a quote from the above Wikipedia article:

As an avid chamber music player, Temianka hosted frequent private musical evenings in his Los Angeles home, playing with the likes of Yehudi Menuhin, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Joseph Szigeti, David Oistrakh, Henryk Szeryng, Leonard Pennario, William Primrose, Gregor Piatigorsky, Jean-Pierre Rampal and other luminaries. Temianka was equally adept on the viola as the violin, and sometimes played it during these evenings, as well as in concert in 1962 with Isaac Stern in a performance of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante (which he also performed on violin with William Primrose on viola).

Henri's son, Daniel, has discovered several home recordings both of these sessions, and of the California Chamber Symphony, and is working to get some of them released on CD. Pennario fans can anticipate hearing some pieces that have not been recorded anywhere else! Stay tuned.......

1954 BYU Film: A Story of Chamber Music

Elsewhere on this site, you will find a full description of this 1954 collaboration between Leonard and Henri.

Below are a couple of screen shots from the video.

Henri, Leonard, and William Van den Burg playing Mendelssohn's Piano Trio

Henri, William Van den Burg, Milton Thomas, and Leonard playing the last movement of a Brahms piano Quartet.