Young Masters #14


Today at Tigerloaf we wish a very happy birthday to Ida Haendel, born on this day in 1928 (or perhaps 1923!) in Chelm, Poland. Along with her contemporary Ivry Gitlis, a fellow student of Georges Enescu, she is one of the last living representatives of the great school of violin that flourished before the Second World War. As a child she competed honourably against older masters of the calibre of David Oistrakh and Ginette Niveu. This photo is from The Strad, which published its first feature on Ms. Haendel in 1937! I had the honour some years ago of meeting the charming lady and of hearing her play Bach’s Chaconne in the noble manner of another epoch. We hear that she is not in good health and hope that she is able to enjoy the day.

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