Violinists

  • Isaac stern
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    Isaac Stern

    Isaac Stern, one of the youngest of the great violinists of the 'Golden Age', was celebrated as much for his humanitarian endeavours as his mastery of the violin. Born in Kremenets, Ukraine in 1920, Stern was removed by his parents to San Francisco before his first birthday. ...

  • Jascha heifetz
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    Jascha Heifetz

    Considered by many to be the finest violinist of all time, Jascha Heifetz had a long and successful performing and recording career beginning in Vilnius, Russian Empire (now Lithuania), where he was born. Initially taught by his father, a local violin teacher, he went on to study ...

  • Hilary hahn
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    Hilary Hahn

    The 2013-14 season marked the 30th anniversary of two-time Grammy-winning American violinist Hilary Hahn’s first violin lesson. In the two decades since her professional debut, she has delved into core repertoire, contemporary music, and less familiar classic compositions with equal commitment. Hilary Hahn has released 15 albums ...

  • Ida haendel
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    Ida Haendel

    Born in Chelm, a small town in provincial Poland, Ida Haendel first picked up her father's violin at the age of 3 and won her first competition, the Huberman Prize, when she was five, playing Beethoven's Violin Concerto. Her family recognised her potential immediately and spent several ...

  • Midori goto
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    Midori Goto

    Born in Japan, Midori Goto began her studies with her mother - also a concert violinist - at the age of three and made her debut in Osaka, Japan, four years later. At the age of nine she played at the Aspen Musical Festival, before enrolling at ...

  • Ivry gitlis
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    Ivry Gitlis

    Ivry Gitlis, the Israeli violinist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, was born in Haifa, Palestine Mandate, to Jewish parents. He studied with a long line of teachers, among them George Enescu, then went on to perform with orchestras all over the world such as the New York Philharmonic, ...

  • Gil shaham
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    Gil Shaham

    Born to scientist parents, the American Jewish violinist Gil Shaham began violin lessons at the age of seven. He studied with Samuel Bernstein at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, then with Dorothy DeLay at the Aspen Music School in Colorado, then his career took off ...

  • Gidon kremer
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    Gidon Kremer

    Born in Riga, Latvia, Gidon Kremer began studying at the age of four with his father and grandfather, who were themselves distinguished string players. At the age of seven, he entered Riga Music School before moving to the Moscow Conservatory at the age of 16 to study ...

  • Frank peter zimmermann
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    Frank Peter Zimmermann

    The German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann studied with Valery Gradov, Saschko Gawriloff and Herman Krebbers before going on to play with many of the world's major symphony orchestras and conductors. He has recorded all the major violin concertos for EMI Classics, and, apart from engagements with orchestras, ...

  • Julia fischer
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    Julia Fischer

    Born in Munich in 1983, Julia Fischer has appeared regularly with the world’s most celebrated orchestras and conductors. Trained at the Leopold Mozart Conservatoire in Augsburg by Lydia Dubrovskaya, whom she credits with teaching her 'the Oistrakh sound', Fischer won first prize at the Menuhin Competition in ...