Toni Rapport Zavistovski

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TONI RAPPORT ZAVISTOVSKI JANUARY 3, 1942 ~ APRIL 25, 2014 A violinist, humanitarian, author, beloved wife, mother and friend, Toni Rapport Zavistovski was born in Los Angeles, California, and lived in New York City and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The epitome of selflessness, she was remarkable in her grace, strength, optimism, intellect, and boundless devotion to family and friends. Her support of music, the arts and charitable organizations drove her. Having nourished so many with her warmth, food and company, she will always be remembered for her passion as a gourmet cook and her ability to bring people together. Toni was a cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, having been the university orchestra's concertmaster and 1st violinist of its resident string quartet. After graduating, Toni was a student in Jascha Heifetz' master class for three years. Toni was a winner of the Coleman Chamber Music competition (judged by Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky and Leonard Pennario) and of the Young Musicians Foundation competition. As a violin soloist, she was concertized extensively and was awarded a Fulbright Grant to London in 1966 for string quartet study with the Amadeus Quartet. During her year abroad, she recorded sonatas for the BBC in London and Warsaw Radio in Poland where her pianist was W?adys?aw Szpilman, the subject of Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning film The Pianist. Upon her return, Toni was a soloist at the Aspen, Marlboro and Newport Music Festivals. In 1968 she met and fell madly in love with her husband, Polish cellist Leshek Zavistovski, who she met on the stage of Carnegie Hall. Together they formed The Bergson Trio, which performed in Alice Tully Hall and Lincoln Center to critical acclaim by the New York Times. Toni and Leshek also founded and co-directed the Newport Opera Festival and performed together in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for over 30 years, where Toni was Assistant Principal Violin and one of the first female members to join the Met Orchestra. In 1994, she and Leshek founded Zara Arts International, specializing in custom-designed music and art trips around the world, from San Francisco and New York to Italy and Vienna. A breast-cancer survivor, she was tenaciously devoted to supporting cancer research. Chair of the Artistic Committee for the non-profit Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation at New York's Mt. Sinai Hospital, she solicited Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey, Placido Domingo, Frederica Von Stade, Barbara Cook and Tyne Daly to perform for the Foundation's bi-annual gala benefit. Toni was a Trustee of the Board of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival for six years and its President from 2007 to 2010. As a writer, Toni co-authored Children and Fish Don't Talk: Adventures with Nazis, Communists and the Metropolitan Opera, and up until April 2014 she was writing her own literary work, titled Reflections: It Could Have Been Worse. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Leshek Zavistovski; three daughters, Tanya, Monique and Katia; her son Gregory; one granddaughter, Chloe; her older brother, Jay Rapport; and countless dear friends. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at:
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Apr. 29, 2014
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