Thursday, February 25, 2010

A High Class Musician

More than 36 years after his death David Oistrakh is considered to be one of the best violinist to ever have graced the earth. Born in Odessa in 1908 when it was still a part of the Russian Empire studied violin at the age of 5 making his first concert appearance at the age of 6. From 1923-1926 he studied in the Odessa Conservatory. At the age of 26 he joined the faculty at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory becoming the teacher of many future great violinist. He was known for his impassioned tone and impeccable techinque. He died at the age of 64 from a heart attack. His has been honored with a music competition and the naming of an asteriod. His recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto is still regarded as one fo the greatest, and his popularity is only matched by that of american violinist Jascha Heifetz.

Here is David Oistrakh playing the last movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto for his nationally broadcast birthday celebration.

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