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1564
Andrea Amati (d.1577), Italian violin maker, made one of the first of his famous violins in Cremona. Stradivari was one of his students.
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1715
Daniel Parker (~1700-1775), English violin maker, visited Stradivariís workshop about this time in Cremona, Italy, and acquired an abundance of the masterís secrets in making violins.
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1737 Dec 18
Antonio Stradivari, the most renowned violin maker in history, died in Cremona, Italy. He made about 1200 violins of great quality of which half still survive. In 2006 Joseph Nagyvary, a Texas biochemist and violin maker, put forward evidence that the quality of sound in a Stradivari violin was due to chemicals used to protect the wood from wood-eating worms.
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1747
Carlo Bergonzi, the last of the great Cremonese violin makers, died.
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1829 May
In Poland Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840), Italian violinist, performed in concert in Warsaw. Frederic Chopin (19) was so impressed that he proceeded to compose a series of piano studies a la Paganini. Chopinís 27 Etudes later became a cornerstone of every gifted pianistís repertoire.
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1860 Feb 29
George Bridgetower (b.1778), African-Polish violinist, died in Peckham, south London. He was born in Biała, Poland, where his father worked for Hieronimus Wincenty Radziwill. Bridgetower lived in England for much of his life.
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1967 Sep 25
Stuff Smith (b.1909), jazz violinist, died in Munich, Germany.
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1971 Oct 25
Midori Goto, Japanese violinist, was born in Osaka.
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1972 Oct 23
Jascha Haifetz (b.1901), virtuoso violinist, performed his farewell concert in Los Angeles at the age of 72.
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1973 Feb 19
Joseph Szigeti (b.1892), Hungarian-born US violinist, died.
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1973 Mar 5
Paul Kletzki (b.1900), Polish violinist, composer, conductor, died.
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1974 Oct 24
David Oistrach (b.1908), virtuoso Russian violinist, died of a heart attack in Amsterdam.
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1979
Itzhak Perlman and the New York Philharmonic premiered the Violin Concerto of Earl Kim (d.1998 at 78) at Avery Fisher Hall.
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1983 Oct 16
George Liberace (b.1911), American violinist, died. He was the older brother of Liberace (1919-1987), the famed pianist.
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1983
David Schneider (1918-2005), violinist with the SF Symphony, authored ďMusic, Maestros, and Musicians.Ē
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1986 Oct 16
Arthur Grumiaux (b.1921), Belgian violinist, died at 65.
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1987 Dec 10
Jascha Heifetz (b.1901), Lithuania-born Jewish violinist, died in Los Angeles.
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1987
Philip Glass composed his Violin Concerto.
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1993 Jul 19
Szymon Goldberg (84), Polish-born violinist, conductor, died in Japan. He became a US citizen in 1953 and two years later founded the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.
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1995
The Violin Concerto No. 2 by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki was written for the German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and premiered in Leipzig with the Central German Radio orchestra.
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1997 Jun 9
Danish violinist Nikolai Znaider won the Queen Elizabeth intíl. music prize.
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1997 Dec 1
Stephane Grappelli, jazz violinist, died in Paris. In the mid-30s the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, with Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, recorded "Tiger Rag," "Dinah," and "Lady Be Good." His albums included "Live at Carnegie Hall, "Jazz Round Midnight," "Plays Jerome Kern," "Tivoli Gardens" (1979), "Satin Doll," ĎíStardust," ĎFor Django," and "Plays Gershwin."
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1997
Charles Wolfe published "The Devilís Box," a definitive work about old time fiddling.
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1998 Jan 26
Shinichi Suzuki (99), pioneer of the 1950s Suzuki method for teaching music to young children, died in Japan.
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1999 Mar 12
Yehudi Menuhin, violinist, died at age 82 in Berlin.
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2001 Sep 22
Isaac Stern (b.1920), Ukraine born Jewish immigrant to the US and legendary violinist, died. In 1960 he saved Carnegie Hall from the wrecking ball.
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2005 Sep 27
Andre Rieu introduced violinist, Akim Camara (b.10/27/2001), during his 'Flying Dutchman Concert' at Parkstad Stadium in the Netherlands. Akim played Concerto G Major op.11 with the Johan Strauss Orchestra.
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2006
A Stradivarius violin fetched a record $3.5 million at auction.
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2007 Nov 28
Joseph Hokai Tang (28), musician and violin dealer, was arrested for fraud following a performance in Eugene, Oregon. In 2008 he pleaded guilty to 10 fraud counts and admitted to bilking at least 120 people out of $400,000 worth of instruments. In 2008 he was sentenced in SF District Court to 37 months in prison.
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2012 Aug 12
Ruggiero Ricci (b.1918), SF-born violin virtuoso, died at his home in Palm Springs.
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2013 Oct 19
The violin played by the Titanic's bandmaster as the ship sank beneath the waves sold at a London auction for £900,000 ($1.45 million, 1.06 million euros), a world record for memorabilia from the doomed liner.
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