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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 259

Walter Homburger fonds.  - [194-]-1985.  - 5 cm of textual records.  - 221 photographs. 

Biographical sketch
German-born administrator and impresario Walter Homburger came to Canada in 1940 and subsequently founded the International Artists Concert Agency.  He presented concerts featuring renowned artists such as Vladimir Horowitz, Andrés Segovia, Joan Sutherland and Duke Ellington.  He also became the first manager of Canadian artists including Donald Bell, Glenn Gould and Louis Lortie.  From 1962 to 1987, he was also the first managing director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains correspondence as well as photographs of celebrated artists and musicians bearing dedications to Walter Homburger.  The signatories include Karel Ancerl, Marian Anderson, Louis Armstrong, Leonard Bernstein, Victor Borge, Charles Boyer, Maria Callas, Maurice Chevalier, Duke Ellington, Kathleen Ferrier, Tito Gobbi, Marilyn Horne, Vladimir Horowitz, Mahalia Jackson, Birgit Nilsson, Itzhak Perlman, Leontyne Price, Arthur Rubinstein and Herbert von Karajan. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Walter Homburger in 1994. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 

Proactive Disclosure