Ivry Gitlis in his home
22 August 1922 |
|Occupations||Musician, composer, actor|
Ivry Gitlis (Hebrew: עברי גיטליס; born Haifa, Israel August 22, 1922) is an Israeli violinist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. He has performed with the world's top orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and many of his recordings are considered classics.
Born in Haifa, Palestine Mandate, to Jewish immigrants from Russia, Gitlis studied violin at an early age. When violinist Bronisław Huberman first heard him play, he sent him to study at the Conservatoire de Paris, where Gitlis won a first prize, aged 13. His teachers include Carl Flesch, George Enescu, and Jacques Thibaud. In 1951, Gitlis made his debut in Paris.
Ivry Gitlis is a commentator (along with Itzhak Perlman) all the way through the DVD The Art of Violin (2000) which showcases performances and gives biographical details of many of the great violinists of the 20th Century.
At various stages in his career, he played on a 1699 Rogeri, which he sold to famed violin author Sidney Bowden, the 1737 "Chant du Cygne" Stradivarius, and the "Ysaye" Guarnerius del Gesu. Ivry currently owns the "Sancy" Stradivarius of 1713.
- Legendary violinists - WNET website
- Ivry Gitlis - UNESCO Celebrity Advocates | UNESCO.org
- Documented in handwritten letter dated 31 March 2008, from Bowden
- Shumsky, Eric, "Ageless Virtuosos Still Going Strong: Violinist Ivry Gitlis and violist Emanuel Vardi still active", The Epoch Times, July 9, 2010
- Coppey, Nicole, "Interview of Ivry Gitlis: se créer au moment de créer", Revue musicale suisse, July/August 2008
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