Hungarian cellist Laszlo Varga has died at the age of 89.

Varga, born Bertalan Weisz, passed away on 11 December (14) in Sarasota, Florida, days after suffering a fall which caused a stroke, according to the New York Times.

The musician came to the U.S. with the Lener Quartet after the second World War and started playing with the New York City Opera orchestra in 1948.

In 1951, he was named principal cellist at the New York Philharmonic, where he remained for 11 years.

He went on to play with the Canadian String Quartet and to teach at the University of Toronto Conservatory of Music.