Artur Balsam, 88, a pianist best known as a chamber player...


September 03, 1994

Artur Balsam, 88, a pianist best known as a chamber player and as an elegant accompanist for violinists and cellists, died yesterday of pneumonia in New York. From the 1940s to the 1970s, he was heard regularly in collaboration with some of the great musicians of the century. He was a regular collaborator with Nathan Milstein, David Oistrakh, Joseph and Lillian Fuchs, Leonid Kogan, Zino Francescatti, Pierre Fournier and Mstislav Rostropovich. He also performed frequently with the Kroll, Budapest and Juilliard String Quartets and other chamber groups and in piano duos with Beveridge Webster, Gina Raps and Murray Perahia.

Thomas Chastain, 73, a best-selling mystery writer and a former head of the Mystery Writers of America, died Thursday of lung cancer in New York. He was the organization's president in 1989 and on its board for more than a decade. His most successful book, "Who Killed the Robins Family?," was published in 1983 and reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list in January 1984.

Dr. Margaret Olds Stahl, 77, a retired New York psychiatrist and analyst known for her research on the clinical treatment of schizophrenia, died Monday of Alzheimer's disease at the William Hill Health Care Center in Easton.

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