Rudolph Polk
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Rudolph Polk

Rudolph Polk (25 November 1892 New York, New York[1] - 16 June 1957 Los Angeles[2]) was an American concert violinist based in New York City during his early years and, during his later years, a Hollywood film director, film industry executive, and artist manager for Jascha Heifetz, Vladimir Horowitz, José Iturbi, and Gregor Piatigorsky. In Hollywood, Polk was the assistant musical director to Morris Stoloff at Columbia Pictures. After World War II, Polk was musical director for Enterprise Studios.[3]

Polk was family friends with Jacob Previn, father of André and Steve Previn.

Musical training

Polk graduated from the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin where he studied violin with Henri Marteau. He performed many times with the Berlin Philharmonic in the Early 1920s. He also toured with Feodor Chaliapin (and his longtime piano accompanyist, Fyodor Keneman) in the United States.[4] Polk also studied composition with Paul Juon.


As music supervisor

As musical director

As songwriter

Song: Long After Tonight, music by Rudolph Polk, words by Ervin Drake (Polk is uncredited in the film)

As producer

As film scorer

Polk was borrowed from Enterprise Studios to score the film


As producer


Rudolph married Pauline née Stone (1896-1986) in Manhattan, New York, on Mar 16, 1919. They had two children, Peter and Martha (Hamilton).

Posthumous memorial scholarship

Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky helped fund the posthumous Rudolph Polk Memorial Scholarship at Claremont Colleges.


General references

  • Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 4: September 1955 - August 1958, H. W. Wilson Company, New York (1960)
  • Obituaries on File, Two volumes, compiled by Felice D. Levy (1917-1990), Facts on File, New York (1979)

Inline citations

  1. ^ "Polk, Rudolf", WWI Draft Registration Card, 1917-1918
  2. ^ "Polk, Rudolph", State of California Death Index, 1940-1997
  3. ^ Obituary: "Rudolph Polk", New York Times, June 17, 1957
  4. ^ Gregor Piatigorsky: The Life and Career of the Virtuoso Cellist, by Terry King, McFarland & Company (2010), pg. 342, note 40; OCLC 656359759

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