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Mikhail Saulovich 'Mischa' Elman was a Ukrainian violinist born on January 20, 1891 (about ten years before Heifetz was born.) He was known for his soulful style and beautiful tone. He auditioned for Leopold Auer at the age of 11, playing the Wieniawski concerto in d minor and Paganini’s 24th Caprice. Auer then had Elman admitted to the St Petersburg Conservatory, where he (Auer) was a violin instructor. In 1903, Elman began to play concerts in the homes of wealthy patrons, and, in 1904, made his debut in Berlin. In 1905, he made his London debut with Glazunov’s violin concerto. In 1908, he came to the U.S. and played in Carnegie Hall. He recorded extensively but not nearly as much as other violinists of his time (such as Heifetz, Menuhin, Gitlis, Francescatti, and Ricci). However, one can see and hear him play on many fine videos on YouTube.  Elman died in 1967.
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violinhunter - 12 May 2009
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