Horace Britt, professor emeritus of music, died
on February 3, 1971. He was 89.
Professor Britt was born on June 18, 1881, in
Antwerp, Belgium. He studied at the Paris National Conservatory
of Music from 1892 to 1895. He was awarded the Premier Prix from
the conservatory in 1895.
Professor Britt had an illustrious career as
a concert cellist and chamber music artist. He was a soloist with
the Lamoureux Orchestra in 1897 and made his American debut with
the Chicago Symphony in 1907. He was also principal cellist of
the Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia symphonies and the
Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra. In addition, he was a member
of the Mischa Elman Quartet and the Hans Letz Quartet. In 1927
Professor Britt played with Pablo Casals and the Barcelona Philharmonic
and gave a Town Hall concert in New York City. In 1937 he cofounded
the Barrère-Britt Concertino. He also toured extensively
as a soloist, guest conductor, and chamber music artist throughout
Europe, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, South America, and the United States.
Professor Britt taught at the Curtis Institute
of Music in Philadelphia and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. He was visiting professor at The University of
Texas at Austin from 1947 to 1950. He joined the permanent faculty
in 1950 and taught until 1963, when he became professor emeritus.
Professor Britt was associated with the UT String
Project, a nationally known program established in the 1950s.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty
Council web site on May 24, 2001. Additional biographical sources
can be found in the UT Office of Public Affairs.