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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Polson (1934-2003)

Musician, composer.

Born at Vancouver, British Columbia on 2 March 1934, he began violin lessons with his father at four years of age and later studied in Santa Barbara, California and New York City. He was a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (1954-1962) and concertmaster of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (1968-1986), Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (1970-1986), and CBC Winnipeg Orchestra (1966-1975). In the fall of 1984, he was music director of the Royal Manitoba Festival to celebrate the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Manitoba. He returned to Vancouver in 1986 to be co-concertmaster of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. He was a prolific composer whose works were commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and CBC and dedicated to the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. He died at Vancouver on 25 February 2003.


Arthur Polson, The Canadian Encylopedia.

“They will never be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2003, page A6.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 19 June 2020

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