Victor ORLOFF [c.1912-1959]
Mr Orloff's life was summarised in newspapers after he was found dead with wrist injuries at home in Flat 516, the United Apartments, Great George Street, Causeway Bay (now Island Beverley Centre):
- Page 1, South China Morning Post, 1959-07-11 (double-checked with SCMP database)
- Page 5, The Kung Sheung Daily News, 1959-07-11 (Chinese only)
- Page 10, Wah Kiu Yat Po, 1959-07-11 (Chinese only)
The 46/47-year-old violinist was from Belarus (part of Russia when he was born) but stateless [Wah Kiu].
He came to Hong Kong from Shanghai in 1939, first employed by Lido Night Club, Repulse Bay [SCMP]. His performances were listed on SCMP from time to time.
In '香港音樂的前世今生', Mr Oliver Chou (周光蓁, music historian and author at SCMP) said Mr Orloff joined the Hongkong Light Orchestra (香港輕音樂團) as concertmaster in November, 1948. This was decided by Sepetember, 1948 (Page 4, South China Morning Post, 1948-09-02), when J. F. Gray was leaving Hong Kong. It stated Mr Orloff was 'well-known in ZBW circles'.
Upon his death, Orloff was the band leader of the Majestic Night Club, North Point [SCMP]. But the Chinese papers only noted that he was a musician there: Wah Kiu being more specific, saying that he played the piano, other instruments at times.
Would anyone know more about his life, especially before he came to Hong Kong?