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Jascha Heifetz

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Jascha Heifetz

2 februarie 1901, Vilnius – 10 decembrie 1987, Los Angeles


Jascha Heifetz a fost un violonist virtuoz rus evreu. Este considerat ca fiind unul dintre cei mai mari violoniști din toate timpurile și a fost numit „Violonistul secolului” de către RCA Victor, compania pentru care a înregistrat.


Pablo de Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen, Op.20


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Jascha Heifetz

February 2, 1901, Vilnius – December 10, 1987, Los Angeles


Jascha Heifetz was a Russian-born American violinist noted for his conscientious musical interpretation, his smooth tone, and his technical proficiency. His name became associated with musical perfection.


Heifetz studied violin from age three and at six performed Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

Felix Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 Part I

At nine he entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where he studied under the noted violinist and teacher Leopold Auer. His first Berlin appearance in 1912 led to an invitation from the celebrated conductor Arthur Nikisch to play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic. He toured Europe from age 12.

Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 Part I

In 1917 he fled the Russian Revolution via Siberia. He made his American debut in 1917 at Carnegie Hall, New York City, and became a U.S. citizen in 1925. He toured widely in Europe, the Orient, the Middle East, and Australia.

Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto RV 547 No. 2, Op. 22 • Violin Jascha Heifetz, Cello Gregor Piatigorsky

Heifetz transcribed works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and the 20th-century French composer Francis Poulenc for the violin.

Johann Sebastian Bach – Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor

He also commissioned violin concerti by modern composers, among them Sir William Walton and Louis Gruenberg.

Louis Gruenberg – Violin Concerto, Op. 47

After 1962 he taught at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where the Heifetz Chair in Music was established in 1975.

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