Ljerko Spiller

Ljerko Spiller ( born July 21, 1908 in Crikvenica, then Kingdom of Croatia and Slavonia, † November 9, 2008 in Buenos Aires ) was an Argentine violinist, conductor and music teacher of Croatian origin.


Spiller studied until 1927 at the Music Academy of Zagreb and to 1930 at the École Normale de Musique de Paris. His teachers have included Jacques Thibaud, George Enescu and Diran Alexanian. From 1930 to 1935, he then taught himself at the École Normale de Musique in Paris.

In addition, he was from 1928 to 1935 a member of a chamber ensemble under the direction of Alfred Cortot and published reviews and articles in the newspapers Le Monde and Le Courrier Musical de Musique. In 1935, he emigrated as a Jew before the rise of the Nazis to Buenos Aires. In the same year he won a prize at the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition.

In Buenos Aires Spiller founded a chamber orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of the Collegium Musicum and the Women's Orchestra of Radio El Mundo. He also served as chief conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Radio Nacional and taught from 1956 to 1973 at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

1989 Spiller received the Premio Conex Fundación Konex. Having already worked in the 1970s and 1980s as a juror at international violin competitions in Zagreb and Geneva, 1991, he was member of the Jury at the International Violin Competition at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. The following year he was awarded by the Asociación de Críticos Musicales pedagogø. He was president of the jury for the award of the Premio Conex 1999.

Spiller published music education journals and taught until 1990 own students. His son Antonio Spiller was known as a violinist, Andres Spiller acts as an oboist and conductor in Buenos Aires.


  • El pequeño violinista. , 1943.
  • Iniciación al violín en grupos. In 1980.
  • Children learn to play the violin. A new method for the beginnings on the violin. For children of 6 or 7 until about 10 years; in group or individual lessons. Music House Pan, Zurich 1982.