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Jascha Heifetz

Jascha HeifetzBorn: 2-Feb-1901
Birthplace: Vilna, Lithuania
Died: 10-Dec-1987
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA [1]
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered at sea)

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Violinist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Violin virtuoso

One of the greatest violin virtuosos of the 20th century (perhaps the best of all time), who debuted at Carnegie Hall at age sixteen. He was a resident of the United States after 1917, and a citizen in 1925. Touring, Heifetz was attacked by Israeli fanatics in 1953 because he refused to stop playing music written by Richard Strauss, a largely apolitical composer. The attacks injured his arm, and Heifetz did not return to Israel for nearly two decades.


[1] Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Father: Ruvin Heifetz (violinist)
Wife: Florence Vidor (wife #1, m. 28-Aug-1928, div. 1948, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Josefa Heifetz Byrne
Son: Robert
Wife: Frances Speigelberg (m. 1947, div.)
Son: Joseph

    University: Royal School of Music, Vilna
    University:
St. Petersburg Conservatory (1910-)
    University: New York College of Music
    University: Northwestern University
    Professor: University of Southern California (1962-)

    Dutch Treat Club (1935-87)
    Naturalized US Citizen 1925

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Carnegie Hall (28-Feb-1947) · Himself
    They Shall Have Music (26-Jul-1939) · Himself


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