Woman With Violin - An Autobiography - Ida Haendel 1970 - Victor Gollancz, London - First Edition A scarce copy of famed violinist Ida Haendel’s autobiography – one of the twentieth century’s most enduring idols of the concert platform, Haendel recounts the difficulties of being a child prodigy, her experiences travelling and performing in Europe, and her training with esteemed violinist and pedagogue Carl Flesch.   Born in Poland in 1928, Haendel began violin lessons aged three, with Mieczyslaw Mihalowicz at the Conservatoire in Warsaw. In 1933, she won the Conservatoire's gold medal and the first Huberman Prize. With money from the Huberman Prize, she came to London in 1936 to study with Carl Flesch. Along the way, she visited Paris to work with George Enescu. She officially immigrated to Britain in 1939, remaining busy during WWII, performing at the Proms, National Gallery and to entertain military troops. After the war, she pursued an international career. Her signature piece was the Sibelius Concerto, but she also championed the Elgar, Britten and Walton concertos all over the world. Besides the standard repertoire, she has tackled the Reger, Bloch, Stravinsky, and Pettersson concertos. Haendel's virtuoso technique, ably complemented by a thoroughgoing musicianship, has won her admirers in both the concerto and recital repertoires.

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pp. 334 [2]. Publisher’s brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine, in pictorial dust jacket featuring a colour portrait of the violinist by her father, ‘£3.20p 64s net’.
  Condition: Near fine, ink stamp and date to front free endpaper, in very good unclipped dust jacket, moderately worn and rubbed, creasing to upper front panel, and toning to spine.   Ref: 107242   Price: HK$ 1,900