Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987), Cellist
Jacqueline Mary du Pré
Sitter in 16 portraits
Cellist. Born in Oxford, studied from the mid 1950s with William Pleeth at the Guildhall School of Music winning the school's Gold Medal for her outstanding ability in 1960. Also studied with Tortelier, Casals and Rostropovich. She won the Queen's Prize that lead to her official debut, aged 16, at the Wigmore Hall. Made an acclaimed American debut in 1965 playing Elgar`s Cello Concerto. Married the pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim in 1967. Her brilliant career was cut short by multiple sclerosis and she had to give up public appearances in 1972.