Heifetz Biography

Jascha Heifetz (1901–1987)

Russian American violinist, considered one of the greatest violinists. 

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He was born in Vilnius, Lithuania (then part of Russia). He gave his first public concert at the age of five and gave his first concerts outside of Russia in 1912. He became an American citizen in 1925. 

Heifetz made many world tours and received high acclaim for his technique and for the lyrical quality of his tone. He also made numerous recordings, both as a soloist and in ensemble works, which won three Grammy Awards (1961, 1962, 1964). In 1989 Heifetz was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments.

For more details read Jascha Heifetz in Wikipedia and

Sherry Kloss’ Book “Jascha Heifetz through my Eyes”.

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“If I don’t practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it.” — Jascha Heifetz

“Criticism does not disturb me, for I am my own severest critic. Always in my playing I strive to surpass myself, and it is this constant struggle that makes music fascinating to me.” — Jascha Heifetz

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