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Mischa Elman


Elman was the next prodigy pupil of Leopold Auer (after Efrem Zimbalist) to be internationally famous before adolescence. Their Hungarian-born instructor — students of Joachim and following coach of Toscha Seidel, Jascha Heifetz and Nathan Milstein — was appointed teacher of violin in the St. Petersburg Imperial Conservatory in 1868. He continued to be until the Trend, then relocated to the U.S. In 1878, Tchaikovsky devoted his violin concerto to Auer, but withdrew the honor once the second option announced it “unplayable.” Down the road, Auer recanted, performed the task repeatedly, and produced a spot of teaching it to all or any his learners including Elman, who found cherish it as his very own. Mischa was 11 when his dad brought him to Auer, travelling in Odessa, where in fact the family got moved to help expand the boy’s organic skill. When he performed Paganini’s 24th Caprice as well as the Wieniawski Second Concerto, Auer insisted the Imperial Conservatory acknowledge him instantly. In St. Petersburg, Mischa provided personal concerts for arts customers, among whom, the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, provided him an Amati violin. Improvement was so fast that Auer made a decision Mischa should play a concert in Berlin (in which a 10-year-old protégé of Joachim got created a feeling in 1903). On Oct 13, 1904, your day before his debut, Elman performed privately for Joachim, who could just manage to state, “I am speechless.” Not the viewers, which cheered the 13-year-old sensation. In 1905 he got England by surprise, and became a member of Nellie Melba and Enrico Caruso within a concert at Buckingham Palace for Edward VII and Alfonso of Spain. Known as “the best violinist on earth” by London critics, Elman produced his American debut in Carnegie Hall on Dec 10, 1908 — a month timid of his 17th birthday — playing the Tchaikovsky concerto using the Russian Symphony Culture of NY. Victor Records quickly signed him to some agreement (salon music generally, used impeccable intonation and wealthy shade, but with nineteenth hundred years mannerisms forever maintained). Elman also produced some recordings with Caruso and Frances Alda, and excerpts from functions by Dittersdorf, Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert with an “Elman String Quartet.” By 1912, he previously made an appearance with every main U.S. orchestra, including 31 shows using the Boston Symphony! By 1913, his annual record royalties had been $35,000, and in 1916 Carl Sandburg had written a paean to his playing entitled Shower. Then Heifetz, who was simply Auer’s masterpiece, produced his American debut in Carnegie Hall on Oct 27, 1917. He was 16, ten years young than Elman, who asked his box-partner at intermission, “Isn’t it obtaining hot in right here?” “Not really for pianists,” Leopold Godowsky famously replied. Elman continuing touring all over, but a supernova got usurped his superstar — a specialist non-pareil, a musician within the “contemporary” custom, although Elman stayed famous as “the violinist using the fantastic firmness.” In 1926, Vitaphone produced a six-minute “full-sound” film of him playing Dvorák and Gossec. After that arrived concerto recordings: his 1st Tchaikovsky in 1929, others later on, although he didn’t create a total sonata documenting until after WWII. In 1951, Elman turned to London Decca, documenting concertos carried out by Boult, the youthful Solti, and Krips (Mozart with treacle). The final decade discovered him documenting in Vienna for Vanguard, but by no means the Martinu Second Concerto he commissioned in 1943 — just Khachaturian’s populist artifact. In 1962, A Golden Hour from your Royal Opera Home on BBC-TV sandwiched Elman, playing two salon trifles, between flamenco by José Greco along with a Royal Ballet pas de deux. After that Callas and di Stefano arrived on, and got the lion’s talk about of interest and applause.

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Full Name Mischa Elman
Died April 5, 1967, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Violinist
Education Saint Petersburg Conservatory
Nationality American, Ukrainian
Music Songs Hebrew Melody, Eili, Eili, Ave Maria, Raisins And Almonds, Si vous l'aviez compris, Traumerei, Arensky: Serenade, Sicilienne and Rigaudon, Yemenite Wedding, Schumann: Ave Maria, Massenet Meditation Thais, Dance Of The Rebbitzen, Souvenir de Moscow, Dvorak: Humoresque, II. Andante -, Zigeunerweisen, II. Adagio molto espressivo, IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo, I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto, Kol Nidre, Op. 47, Lalo Symphonie Espagnole No. 21-Andante, Danse Hebraique, Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64: I. Allegro molto appassionato, Moment Musical, Deutscher Tanz, Nigun From "baal Shem", Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21: I. Allegro non troppo, The Chassid, Cui: Orientale, Schumann: Träumerei, Concerto for Violin & Orchestra - Allegro vivace, Oriantale, Op. 50 No. 9
Albums Tchaikovsky, P.I.: Violin Concerto (Elman, London Philharmonic, Boult) (1954), Mischa Elman plays Tchaikovsky & Mendelssohn Concertos, Beethoven, L.: Violin Sonata Nos. 5, "Spring" and 9, "Kreutzer" (Elman) (1955), Mischa Elman Collection, Vol. 1 (Live), Récital (Mono Version), Works By Tchaikovsky and Wieniawski (Mono Version), Classical Music Masterpieces, Vol. III, The Art of Mischa Elman, Bruch, M.: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Wieniawski, H.: Violin Concerto No. 2 (Elman) (1956), Tchaikovsky / Wieniawski: Violin Concertos (Elman) (1929, 1950), Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Beethoven: Symphony No. 4; Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, A Portrait of Mischa Elman
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1 He was awarded a Star on the HOllywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1560 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.



Okay for Sound 1946 Documentary short performer: "Gavotte" - uncredited
Mischa Elman 1926 Short performer: "Humoresque in G Flat Major, Op. 101", "Gavotte"



The Bell Telephone Hour 1962 TV Series Himself - Violinist
The Ed Sullivan Show 1959 TV Series Violinist
The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show 1958 TV Series Himself
Person to Person 1957 TV Series documentary Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954 TV Series Himself - Violinist
Upbeat in Music 1943 Documentary short Himself - Violinist
Mischa Elman 1926 Short Himself - Violinist

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The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk 2007 Video documentary Himself
Okay for Sound 1946 Documentary short Violinist

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