OCTOBER 27: Violin prodigy wows Carnegie Hall

ON THIS DAY: October 27

ON THIS DATE in 1917, sixteen-year-old violinist Jascha Heifetz made his U.S. debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall. “This Russian boy is beyond all possibility of cavil a divinely inspired marvel – the supremest genius of the violin,” wrote one reviewer. Itzhak Perlman called Heifetz “the greatest violinist who ever lived” and said “None of us mortals are going to be able to reach his standard,” when Heifetz died at age eighty-six in 1987. “His playing had the quality that sizzled and he had such color. He revolutionized violin playing to where it wishes to go today.”

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