Jacqueline Mary du Pré OBE, the cellist. Her romantic, emotive style propelled her to international stardom by the age of 20. Even though her playing career was cut short by multiple sclerosis at the age of 27, she is regarded as one of the greatest cellists of all time.
In 1965 she recorded Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85, with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir John Barbirolli. Her interpretation was hailed as definitive, and the mournful piece came to be her signature piece. In 1967 she converted to Judaism and married the Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim at the western wall in Jerusalem. The two young virtuosos, came to this house together as newly-weds. The couple toured the world, often performing with the Israeli violinist Pinchas Zukerman.
In 1970 du Pré began to experience episodes of weakness and loss of sensation in her limbs, accompanied by fatigue and depression. Believing that her symptoms were stress related, doctors recommended a sabbatical. She returned to performing in 1973, but her technique had become inconsistent, resulting in the first negative reviews of her career. In 1973 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The diagnosis ended her playing career, but she continued to teach when her health permitted it. She died at the age of 42 and is buried at the Golders Green Jewish Cemetery.