Charles Joseph, of Fredonia, New York, died on Friday, May 10, 2013, at UPMC Hamot, in Erie, Pa.
He was born in Berlin, Germany, on January 24, 1927, the son of Dr. Walter and Mrs. Marie Joseph. The family left Germany in 1933, first settled in Italy, then Palestine, before emigrating to the U.S. in 1937.
As a 15-year-old boy, he was admitted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music from which he graduated with an Artist Diploma. He went on to study with the renowned violin teacher Ivan Galamian in New York City.
In the late 1950s, he went on a Fulbright Scholarship to Vienna and later became Concertmaster of the Hamburg Bach Orchestra and staff member of the North German Radio Symphony in Hamburg, Germany.
Upon returning to the U.S. he became Chairman of the Music Department at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. In the early 1970's he accepted a position at SUNY Fredonia as Professor of Music and taught there until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife Uschi and his beloved Malamute Zara, sister-in-law Joan Gunter, sister-in-law Margot and her husband Ricardo Colasuonno, sister-in-law Inge Markowski, cousin Kate Joseph, several nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 602 West Tenth Street, Erie, is in charge of the arrangements.