Emanuel Borok (15 July 1944 – 4 January 2020) was an American violinist of Russian descent.

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Borok studied violin in Riga, Latvia with Voldemar Sturestep. In 1959, he joined the Gnessin Music School in Moscow USSR where he continued his studies with Michael Garlitsky. He won top prizes in the All-Russian Republic and All-Soviet Union violin competitions. He became second concertmaster of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in 1971. In 1973, he emigrated to Israel, where he became concertmaster of the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

In 1974, Borok emigrated to the United States, to take the post of associate concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In parallel, he was concertmaster of the Boston Pops. Borok spent 11 years in his Boston posts.[1] In 1985, he won the position of concertmaster in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and joined the Dallas Symphony that year. He initially performed on a Stradivarius violin dating from ca. 1727, owned by the Dallas Symphony, until its theft that year whilst he and the orchestra were on tour. The violin was not recovered until 2005. Borok served as Dallas Symphony concertmaster until his retirement in 2010.[1]

Borok taught at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. In 2013, he joined the violin faculty at the Meadows School of the Arts of Southern Methodist University as an artist-in-residence. Borok owned separately a violin by Brothers Amati of 1608.[1]

Borok died in Dallas on 4 January 2020 at age 75, from lung cancer. His survivors include his wife Marilyn and their two children, Mark and Sarah.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Scott Cantrell (2020-01-06). "Emanuel Borok, longtime Dallas Symphony concertmaster, has died after battling lung cancer". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2020-01-08.

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