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In , Starker moved to Bloomington, Indiana , where he settled for the rest of his life. At the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music he became a professor and resumed his solo career, giving thousands of concerts on every continent.
One of the most recorded cellists in the world, Starker made over recordings of virtually the entire cello literature. He was also nominated for a Grammy Award for his recording of the extremely demanding works of David Popper. From to , Starker played and recorded on the Lord Aylesford Stradivarius , the largest instrument made by Antonio Stradivarius.
In Starker acquired a Matteo Goffriller cello believed to have been made in Venice in ; known previously as the "Ivor James Goffriller" cello, Starker renamed it for its certification as "The Star" cello. He published numerous books and musical scores through Peer International, Schirmer , and International Music. Starker's playing style was intense and involved great technical mastery. According to some of his students, his technique revolved around long, legato notes, with very little shifting noise from his left hand, resulting in smooth, pure tones, "each note sounding like a jewel.
He eschewed the wide vibrato favored by some of his peers—which he viewed as a cover for poor intonation—and was known for his patrician stage presence, preferring to let the music do the emoting. Starker was a lifelong smoker with a sixty-cigarette-per-day habit.
This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals. Bloomington , Indiana , U. Child prodigy Edit Starker was born in Budapest to a father of Polish descent and a mother who had immigrated from the Russian Empire , both Jewish.
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February Learn how and when to remove this template message. The World of Music According to Starker. The Roll Call of the Blessed Ones. Text by Janos Starker. Drawings by Jorge Sicre.