Ida Haendel's Stringed Saga

A brief look at the amazing 85-year career of the accomplished violinist

By Gino Cerruti May 1, 2013

Born in Chelm, Poland
Starts playing sister’s violin
Wins prestigious Warsaw Conservatory Gold Medal

Moves to London just in time to avoid Nazi invasion of Poland
Now a UK citizen, she frequently plays to entertain wounded Allied troops in London hospitals.
Becomes first soloist to perform with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Plays at Carnegie Hall in New York, her first US performance
Moves to Montreal with her parents and continues touring worldwide
Joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra for tour of People’s Republic of China, the first Western orchestra to appear there since the Cultural Revolution
Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (one step below knighthood) by Queen Elizabeth II

Performs for Pope Benedict XVI at the former concentration camp Auschwitz
May 23, 2013
Scheduled to perform with the Portland Chamber Music Ensemble 45th Parallel at the Old Church, 7:30 p.m. 
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