Janos Starker, 88, a Hungarian-born master of the cello who emerged from the devastation of World War II to become one of the most powerful instrumentalists of his generation, died Sunday at a hospice in Bloomington, Ind.
Indiana University, where Mr. Starker taught for more than five decades, announced his death but did not disclose the cause.
For decades, he was one of the most sought-after cellists in the world. He was venerated as a soloist and particularly as an interpreter of Bach, for which he received a Grammy in 1997.
The son of a Jewish tailor, he was a child prodigy and began his musical training in Budapest between the World Wars.