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The Man


1916 - 1929: The Prodigy

Yehudi Menuhin and Persinger

Yehudi with
Louis Persinger

The Menuhin family in San Francisco 1924

The Menuhin family
in San Francisco, 1924

Yehudi Menuhin plays at the Manhattan Opera House
Yehudi Menuhin with Enescu in Paris

Yehudi with Enescu in Paris

22 April: Born in New York City to Moshe Menuhin and Marutha Sher
Family moves to San Francisco
Birth of a sister, Hephzibah
Birth of a sister, Yaltah
Yehudi starts violin lessons with Sigmund Anker (lasting two years)
First performance at a pupils’ concert
“When I began it was pure instinct. I had the knack, the gift, the will.”
Yehudi Menuhin
Lessons begin with Louis Persinger
Yehudi’s public concert début. Aged seven, he plays Bériot’s Scène de Ballet accompanied at the piano by Louis Persinger
“I was, in some ways, the pupil of Persinger’s abandoned dreams.”
Yehudi Menuhin
First full length recital (with Persinger at the piano) in San Francisco
New York recital début at the Manhattan Opera House
“Yehudi Menuhin is the name. Remember it! It is not easy, but some day it may become a household word!”
Musical America, 1926
First concerto performance (Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole) with the San Francisco Orchestra conducted by Louis Persinger.
The Menuhin family sail to Europe for the first time
“He was travelling almost as soon as he started playing. We were all on the road. Eighteen valises for a train in Romania that came two hours late, and we’d arrived at the station two hours earlier. It was the life of gypsies.”
Yaltah Menuhin
Paris début (aged ten) in two concerts with the Lamoureux Orchestra under Paul Paray: Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto
Starts lessons with Enescu in Paris and Romania
First concerto concert (Beethoven) in Carnegie Hall, with the New York Symphony Orchestra under Fritz Busch
First recordings for Victor
First US concert tour
Gift of Stradivarius violin ‘Prince Khevenhüller’ from Henry Goldman
Berlin début, playing Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Concertos, with Bruno Walter conducting the Berlin Philharmonic
Studies with Adolf Busch (and in summer 1930)
“Without him, I would not have been able to understand and penetrate the spirit and heart of that music of mists and forests, of drama and contained passion”
Yehudi Menuhin
Menuhins establish family home in Basel
London début at Queen’s Hall, LSO conducted by Fritz Busch
First solo recordings for HMV