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Strung across the world

CHANUKAH 5782 SECTION D PAGE 12 as long as Michael Brittan can remember, he has been smitten by the violin. 
 “I grew up in a very musical family,” remembers Brittan. “Aside from the work I do, I consider myself a violinist, and I started playing when I was very young.” Brittan, 81, grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. As his affection for the instrument became deeper and his proficiency matured, he became fascinated with the figure regarded at one time as the greatest violinist in the world, Jascha Heifetz. “He was the genius violinist,” says Brittan. “He changed the nature of violin playing in the 20th century.” Heifetz was a child prodigy, who became famous in Russia and by the age of 16 was […]
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