L to R:  Irene Gadeholt, Mary Ann Coggins Kaza, violins; Gayle Budd O'Grady, cello; Sharon Eng, viola

Raphael Spiro

(1905-2000)

Raphael Spiro (1905-2000) was a beloved violin teacher, mentor, artist, philosopher, counselor and humanist.  He brought a profound and influential violin-playing and teaching tradition to Portland, Oregon.  An immigrant to Chicago at the age of 16 from Lodz, Poland, Mr. Spiro studied violin at the Chicago Musical College, and had lessons with Leopold Auer.  In Chicago, he served as concertmaster and soloist with the Mutual Broadcasting Symphony before moving to Portland where he played with the Portland Symphony (now Oregon Symphony) and taught for many years at Lewis & Clark College and Pacific University.  It has been said that 80% of local professional musicians in Portland, Oregon studied at some point in their lives with Mr. Spiro.

  Raphael Spiro String Quartet