Reasserts his willingness to serve as a cultural ambassador, offering to go and perform in China. In January and February, recitals in Boston and Paris. The Trio performs for the inauguration of the Kennedy Center and goes on tour in Japan (Istomin also gives a recital in Tokyo). Plays Bach’s Concerto BWV 1064 at the UN when Casals is presented the Peace Medal. Death of his father on November 15 while he is on tour with the National Symphony and Dorati. Successful recital at Carnegie Hall. The New York Times publishes a portrait entitled: “Istomin: I like to be Alone”.

Eugene Istomin with his parents