Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Violinist Ida Haendel Around Age 20

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Ida Haendel [born as Ida Hendel in 1928 in Chelm, eastern Poland] is here shown around age 20, which makes this photo dated to circa 1948. Haendel writes:  “I gave my first public performance of Brahms’s Violin Concerto when I was nine years old. It was in September 1938, at a Proms concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Henry Wood. I probably didn’t understand it: you can’t expect a child to understand a genius like Brahms. I was using pure instinct, and that is exactly what you need to play his works. It’s something you are born with. If you don’t feel it in your soul, on an emotional and intellectual level, then it can’t be taught. You can’t tell anyone how to do it if they don’t have the right capacity and instinct.” Haendel was a child prodigy; Ruth Rosenfelder writes for the Jewish Women’s Archive: “In 1935, aged seven, she won the Polish Prize at the first Wieniawski Competition in Warsaw, gaining seventh place overall.” In 1937, Haendel and her family moved to England, then to Montreal from 1952 to 1979, and then she moved to Miami, where she currently resides. For more, go [here] and [here] and [here].
Photo Courtesy: The Strad & Giselle Brodsky