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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Otto Grinke (1911-1987)


Born at Winnipeg on 8 August 1911, he attended Pinkham School and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, and began playing the violin at the age of 9, one of his teachers being John Waterhouse. At the age of 16, he won a Dominion of Canada Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London England and studied with Adolph Busch and Rowsby Wook. He was chosen unanimously by the players to lead the Boyd Neal Orchestra for the Salsburg Festival of 1937. He served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and returned to a professional life as a solist, music teacher and adjudicator, participating in concerts in Europe and in Canada, and helping to instruct the youth orchestra of Canada. In December 1978, he was inducted into the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. He died in England on 16 March 1987.


“Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, Winnipeg,” Manitoba Calling, May 1944, page 17.

“Today’s Pinkhamites ‘enjoy’ relating tales of fire” by Claire Tisdale, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 1949.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 October 2014

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