Nathan Milstein (Nathan Mironovich Milstein) was a Russian violinist born on December 31, 1903 (Heifetz was 2 years old.) He was often called the “prince of the violin.” He started studying the violin at age four with Stolyarsky. At age 10, he entered the Odessa Conservatory. By age 12 he had entered the St Petersburg Conservatory where Leopold Auer was teaching. He subsequently also studied with Eugene Ysaye but, by then, Milstein had mastered the violin  - he later said that he learned almost nothing from Ysaye. In 1926, Milstein made his Paris debut. In 1929, he made his American debut and thereafter concertized until 1986. He is remembered for a very clean, precise technique and very appealing tone. He is also remembered for his Paganiniana – a dazzling arrangement of tunes written by Paganini. Some say that he had a patrician, aristocratic style. It is meant as a compliment, I'm sure. There are many superb videos of his playing on YouTube – all of them professionally produced. Milstein died in 1992. (Of that era, only Ida Haendel, Ruggiero Ricci, Zvi Zeitlin, Raymond Cohen, and Ivry Gitlis survive.)
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