Zhuk, Isaak, Russian violinist; b. Poltava, Dec. 16, 1902; d. Moscow, April 4, 1973. He studied with I. Goldberg in Poltava, where he made his debut (1917), then with S. Korguyev at the Leningrad Cons. (1924) and A. Yampolsky at the Moscow Cons. (1925-30). He organized the Bolshoi Quartet and was one of its members (1931-68); was concertmaster of the U.S.S.R. Sym. Orch. (1952-69). His son, Valentin Zhuk (b. Moscow, June 28, 1934), is a talented violinist. He studied with Yampolsky, and received prizes in various international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky (Moscow, 6th, 1958), Paganini (Genoa, 2nd, 1963), and Long-Thibaud (Paris, 2nd, 1960). He was concertmaster of the Moscow Phil. (from 1970).
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