Endowments & Scholarships

Von Zweygberg Cello Scholarship

Lennart A. von Zweygberg served as Professor of Cello at Indiana University School of Music from 1928 to 1945. The son of Adolph Wilhelm and Augusta Rehnstrom, he was born in Jyvaskyla, Finland on December 25, 1874. He died in Indianapolis on February 11, 1960.

Professor von Zweygberg attended the Lyceum, Finland and the University of Helsingfors. He was then granted state stipends for study abroad and he received a Master's Diploma from the Conservatorium in Sondershausen, Germany under Carl Schroeder. He also studied with Hugo Becker and Joseph Jacob. He was appointed Professor of Cello, Ensemble, and Orchestra in the Conservatorium of Crefeld. He also served as the principal cellist with symphony orchestras in Helsingfors, Riga, Crefeld, and Winterthur. From 1910-1914 and 1919-1928, he toured as a cello virtuoso throughout Europe and performed in the finest concert halls in Rome, Paris, Munich, London, Leipzig, and Leningrad. After coming to IU, he presented programs in New York, Chicago, and Louisville.

Professor von Zweygberg came to Bloomington in 1928 from his home in Switzerland and soon became an American citizen. During his years as professor at IU School of Music, he had many outstanding cello students and won recognition as an interpreter of modern music and as a conductor of the Chamber Orchestra and small ensemble groups. His artistic temperament was also evident in the graphic arts, particularly in pastels. Several of his sketches hang on permanent display in the Sibelius Museum in Finland. The Chicago Art Institute also exhibited works under the sponsorship of the Finnish Consulate.

In 1998, Daisy Hinkle Garton established The Lennart A. von Zweygberg Cello Scholarship. This scholarship will assist future generations of cello students and serve as a lasting tribute to Professor von Zweygberg. It is awarded annually to undergraduate or graduate cello students.