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December 13
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Yehudi Menuhin made several recordings with and frequently performed with Hephzibah Menuhin.  Can You Guess who Hephzibah Menuhin was?

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1759 - H. Royer Smith opened the first music store in America in center city Philadelphia.

1891 - Birth of Russian-American violinist Samuel Dushkin.

1903 - Birth of Spanish flamenco guitarist Carlos Montoya in Madrid, Spain.

1930 - Premiere of Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms to...'the glory of God'. For the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony

1964 - Birth of American conductor and composer Lisa DeSpain in NYC.

1970 - Premiere of D. Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 13. Beethoven Quartet, in Leningrad.
Yehudi Menuhin
Violinist Sir Yehudi Menuhin made his New York City debut December 13, 1927. 

Menuhin was born April 22, 1916 in New York.  In 1918 the family moved to San Francisco.  When Yehudi was five he began studying the violin with Sigmund Anker, and he gave his first performance that same year.

In 1923 Menuhin began studying with Louis Persinger, concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and he made his first public performance the next year.  Yehudi played Beriot's Scene de Ballet, with Persinger accompanying him on the piano.
When Persinger moved to New York the Menuhin family followed.   He gave a recital at the Manhattan Opera House in 1926.  That same year Persinger directed the San Francisco Orchestra and Yehudi played solo in a performance of Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole.

In 1927 Menuhin made his Paris debut in 2 concerts with the Lamoureux Orchestra.  He again played Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole, but also played Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto He also started lessons with Enescu in Paris and Romania.

By 1928 Yehudi was making recordings for Victor.

Until 1928 Menuhin played on a borrowed Guadagnini a borrowed Guarnerius, but when Menuhin was 12 years old, Henry Goldman, a philanthropic friend, offered him any violin of his choice. Menuhin chose a Stradivarius - the 'Prince Khevenhueller,' along with a Tourte bow.

In 1929 Menuhin went to Basel where he began studies with  Adolf Busch.  On April 12, 1929 he gave his first concert in Berlin, where he played three violin concertos - Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Albert Einstein was in the audience and afterwards rushed up to Menuhin exclaiming: "Now I know there is a God in heaven."

With that talent and the ability to move listeners, Menuhin's career only skyrocketed from there.

After Lalo conducted a 1932 performance of his Symphonie Espagnole he commented, "The way that boy plays my concerto is amazing."  In 1937 gave the US premiere of the Violin Concerto by Schumann.  In 1943 Menuhin met and played for Bartok.  He commissioned a violin sonata.  When he played the piece for the composer Bartok said, "I did not think that music could be played like that until long after the composer was dead"

Among Menuhin's accomplishments were
- Played for inaugural United Nations assembly in San Francisco
- World premiere of Walton's Violin and Piano Sonata
- Concert tour of India in aid of Famine Relief, where he heard sitar player Ravi Shankar and met yoga teacher BKS Iyengar
- Established the Bath Festival Orchestra
- Established Yehudi Menuhin School in London.
- President of International Music Council, UNESCO (for three successive terms
- Established Portsmouth International String Quartet Competition (later London International String Quartet Competition, the leading event of its kind)
- Performed at Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, USA
- Received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1986

In 1996 Menuhin turned 80 years old.  That year he conducted 110 concerts.

Active until the end, Yehudi Menuhin died March 12, 1999 while on tour with the Sinfonia Varsovia.
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