Jacqueline du Pré
Person Female Born 26/1/1945 Died 19/10/1987
Cellist. Born Jacqueline Mary du Pré in Oxford. Her musical training began with lessons from her mother, before she enrolled at the London Violoncello School at the age of five. She made her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1961, and later on performed at the Royal Festival Hall, the Proms and the Edinburgh Festival. In 1965 she recorded the Elgar concerto, which brought her international fame, and it is still regarded as a definitive version. In 1966 she met pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim. They travelled to Jerusalem just before the six day war, where they were married after she converted to Judaism. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1973, after which she only performed rarely. She died at 36/38 Chepstow Villas, Notting Hill.