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Scholz, Janos, Estate of

died 1993

Janos Scholz was born in Sopron in western Hungary, and received a diploma from the Hungarian Academy of Music in Budapest. A cellist, he joined the Roth Quartet in 1932, which toured widely. When the group arrived in the United States in 1933, the rise of Fascism in Europe led its members to obtain United States citizenship, and Scholz took up residence in Manhattan. Scholz bought his first drawing in 1935, and eventually amassed a collection of more than 1,500 works, dating from the late 14th century through the 18th century, and including examples by Leonardo, Raphael, Titian, and Bellini. In 1977 he donated the collection to the Pierpont Morgan Library. He also collected bronzes, rare books, musical instruments, and drawings of Italian baroque stage designs. He donated works of art to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other museums, and, in addition to performing with various musical groups and on his own, taught courses on the history of Italian drawing at Columbia University and New York University. Scholz' 1937 marriage to Anne Bigelow Rosen ended in divorce. In 1955 he married Helen Marshall Schelling, the widow of Ernest Schilling, a conductor and composer. He had two sons, John Bigelow Scholz and Christopher Scholz. He died in New York at the age of eighty-nine on June 6, 1993. [Compiled from sources and references recorded on CMS]
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