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Yehudi Menuhin

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ehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE (April 22, 1916 – March 12, 1999) was a violinist and conductor who spent most of his performing career in the United Kingdom. He was born to Jewish parents in the United States, but became a citizen of Switzerland in 1970, and of the United Kingdom in 1985. He is commonly considered one of the twentieth century's greatest violin virtuosi. Yehudi Menuhin was born in New York City, New York, to Bielorussian Jewish parents from what is now Belarus. His sisters were the concert pianist and human rights worker Hephzibah Menuhin and the pianist, painter, and poet Yaltah Menuhin. Through his father Moshe Menuhin, a former rabbinical student and anti-Zionist writer, Menuhin was descended from a distinguished rabbinical dynasty. Menuhin began violin instruction at age three under violinist Sigmund Anker; his parents had wanted Louis Persinger to be his teacher, but Persinger refused. He displayed extraordinary talents at an early age.

Fact file

  • Born: April 22, 1916
  • Died: March 12, 1999 (Aged 82)
  • Occupation: Violinist and Conductor

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LA Times Entertainme, 2016-08-12 17:00:00
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NY Times Music, 2016-06-09 12:00:02
Yehudi Menuhin’s marked-up copy of Bach’s Solo Violin Sonata No. 2.

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Yahoo Entertainment, 2013-09-01 15:22:18
Yehudi Menuhin described the Romanian violinist and composer George Enescu as "the absolute by which I judge all others".

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