When conductors and managers happily say of a soloist, 'He's very reliable', it's really a terrible thing. People said Heifetz's playing was perfection - but he was perfect in the sense that he was always on the edge of an abyss'

In celebration of his 94th birthday, Ivry Gitlis speaks to Tarisio's Jason Price about his incredible 60-year relationship with his Stradivari ‘Sancy’ violin, 1715, and of his career, his friendships with the great violinists and of today's generation of young performers.

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Sancy Stradivari 1713

Photo: Stradivari ‘Sancy’ violin, 1715 © Tarisio