Jules Erskin, principal cellist of the Boston Symphony has died at age 85 after a long batter with cancer. He began playing with the ensemble in 1964 and during his tenure played under five music directors. Before playing with the BSO, Jules spent three years in the celebrated Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. Eskin also was a founding member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and toured the world, including the Soviet Union for a series of concerts in 1967. Eskin is survived by his wife, BSO violinist Aza Raykhtsaum and his sons, Alexander Eskin and David Eskin, and his stepdaughter Anna Raykhtsaum Tratt.
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