The Hugo Vianello Collection
We are proud to offer the collection of Hugo Vianello.
“Appointment as Assistant conductor of the Kansas City Philharmonic. During his tenure there, he founded the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. Associate Conductor of the KC Symphony and founder of the Missouri Symphony Society in Columbia, MO”
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David Wiebe, New York, 1984
A fine 17" viola by David Wiebe, New York, 1984.
Labeled David Wiebe Viola No.51, David City, 1984 and signed.
The bio below was provided by Marc Vianello, CPA, ABV, CFF
Hugo Vianello died at 1:55am on Good Friday, March 30, 2018 at the VA Hospital in Columbia after a delightful dinner out with his wife and friends. He was 92 years old.
After military service during WWII, Hugo enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music where he earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music.
As a violist, Hugo performed regularly with the Knickerbocker Chamber Players, the Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra and the Radio City Music Hall Symphony. Before turning his attention to conducting, he also was an orchestra member of the Minneapolis Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, and principal violist of the Oklahoma City Symphony. He toured extensively throughout the United States and internationally. Included among his credits are performances in Greece, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Yugoslavia and Canada.
He made his conducting debut with the Oklahoma City Symphony. His broadcasts on the Voice of America were beamed to Europe as part of a regular weekly feature. He subsequently accepted an appointment as Assistant conductor of the Kansas City Philharmonic. During his tenure there, he founded the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. Honored with the American Symphony League Conductor Recognition Award, he was selected to participate in conducting projects with the Baltimore and Cincinnati symphonies.
Hugo left Kansas City for an appointment as music director of the Lansing (Michigan) Symphony. Concurrently, he accepted the prestigious position of Director of Orchestral Activities at Northwestern University. While in the Chicago area, he conducted National Education Television (NET) opera productions.
In 1968, Hugo accepted the position of Director of Orchestral Activities at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. In 1970, he and his wife Lucy founded the Missouri Symphony Society. Hugo served as its Artistic Director and Conductor for 28 years, until his retirement, when he was named Conductor Laureate. For thirteen seasons, he concurrently held the post of Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony. Hugo continued to conduct orchestras around the country, and also conducted the Orquestra Sinfonica Estados Mexico in Mexico City.
Hugo and Lucy were instrumental in saving the historic Missouri Theatre from demolition when he led the Symphony Society to buy the theater for its home. The auditorium of the theater is now named in their honor. In 2015, Hugo and Lucy were honored by Columbia's Historic Preservation Commission for preserving and restoring this Columbia treasure.
Hugo was also a composer. His Christmas Kaleidoscope was performed by numerous orchestras throughout the country. In December 2017, Hugo saw the world premier of his operetta, An Antique Carol, at Talking Horse Productions.