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Heifetz, Jascha

Born: 1901 AD
Died: 1987 AD
Nationality: Lithuanian
Categories: Musicians, Violinist

1901 – Jascha Heifetz, born on the 2nd of February in  Wilno, Poland, Russian Empire, now Vilnius, Lithuania.  He was a Lithuanian-born American violin virtuoso, and is thought to be one of the greatest interpreters of the instrument.

1906 – His first professional appearance was at age five, during which he gave his first concert, then at St. Petersburg.

1906 – 1910 – He was educated at the Royal School of Music in Vilna, which he entered at five and from which he graduated at nine.

1910 – He entered the St Petersburg conservatory to study under Leopold Auer.

1917 – He came to the USA.

1925 – Became a citizen.

1928 – Married to the silent motion picture actress Florence Vidor, ex-wife of King Vidor, whose seven year old daughter, Suzanne, he adopted.

1937 – Joined ASCAP.

1987 – He died Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on the 10th of December.

1989 – Received a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.