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Nathan Milstein

MILSTEIN, NATHAN (1904–1992), U.S. violinist. Born in Odessa, Russia, he was a child prodigy and studied with L. *Auer and E. Ysaye, making his debut in 1914. He toured Russia after the revolution with Vladimir *Horovitz and Gregor *Piatigorsky but left for Paris in 1925 where he soon became famous as a soloist. He went to the United States in 1929 and first appeared there with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra under Stokowski. He made his home in the United States but toured widely and gained a reputation as one of the great virtuosos of his time. He wrote arrangements and cadenzas for the violin.


B. Gavoty, Nathan Milstein (Fr., 1956, Eng. tr., 1956); The International Who Is Who in Music (1951).

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.