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CHARLES KAROL DOBIAS This prominent Canadian violinist was born in Slovakia and arrived in Toronto at age seven. He was a scholarship student of Kathleen Parlow at the Royal Conservatory. He won a Canada Council Grant to study in Prague with the great violinist Josef Suk during the summers of 1972 to 1974. As a member of the Toronto Symphony he toured Japan, England, Scotland and France with Seiji Ozawa conducting, and as Concert Master and Soloist with the National Ballet Company of Canada he toured all of Canada and the U.S. and performed as Soloist in Mexico. In 1970 he accepted the position of Concert Master of the Edmonton Symphony and in 1972 came to Winnipeg as Concert Master for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and as Associate Concert Master of the Winnipeg Symphony. In September of 1996 he founded and sponsored the first Slovak National Violin Competition which took place in Bratislava. He presided over this competition as recently as this past Christmas. He is survived by his sister Gabrielle Neubauer and brother-in-law Joseph, numerous nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, his cousin Ethel Dobias, god children Sam and Rita Penner and an extended family of fellow musicians and friends. Memorial service held in his honour will be at Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church on Henderson Hwy. at 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 19. Cremation has taken place. Voyage Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements. Thanks to H5 at Health Sciences and West Wing at Riverview.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 17, 2001

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I knew Charles back in the late 80's and he encouraged me to come see a concert. I finally gave in and I was hooked for many years. He was always a gracious man and was always happy to see that I once again attended another..and another and many more concerts. As time and life went on for, marriage, children...tends to strain "all that time in the world to explore your minds curiosities". I thank you Charles for opening my eyes to other avenues of life that I would probably not have explored at such a young age. George Z - Posted by: George Z (Friend ) on: Jan 07, 2019

  • I was a student of Charles many years ago now and I loved him. He was so patient with the impatient teenager that I was. He was always so good to my mother. I miss him. I am back to playing now and am glad that I learned so well from such a wonderful teacher. What a wonderful person. Music is so much better because of him!!! - Posted by: Patricia (Student) on: Oct 28, 2014

  • I was a student of Charlie in the late 40's or early 50's when he had a teaching studio at his parents' home on Madison Ave. He led me to awards at several Kiwanis Festival recitals. He must have made a fine impression on me because at age 77, I still play violin and viola. - Posted by: Arnold Weisenberg (One-time student) on: Jul 24, 2013

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