CANADIAN HAMBOURG TRIO
The Next Generation
After 1932 Boris left the trio to devote his time exclusively
to the Hart House Quartet. His brother Clement then took over
as pianist and artistic director of the re-named Canadian Hambourg
Trio, which presented a series of concerts in Toronto and toured
intermittently. Their programs reflected a wider selection of
Canadian music in addition to the standard repertoire.
The trio made its debut in 1934 with Clement Hambourg, piano,
and two younger members of the Toronto Symphony—Isadore Desser,
violin, and Vaughan Sturm, cello. Subsequently the string players
were Grant Milligan, violin, with Charles Mathe, cello. Charles
Mathe also taught cello at the Hambourg Conservatory.
The trio disbanded in 1939, but in 1950 another version of
the Hambourg Trio was formed with Boris once again cellist-director,
his nephew Klemi violin and Helmut Blume, piano. It performed
briefly until Boris’s untimely death in 1954.