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Oistrakh, David Feodorovich

David Feodorovich Oistrakh (oi´sträk), 1908–74, Ukrainian violinist, b. Odessa. Encouraged by his father, an amateur violinist, he began to study his instrument at the age of five. He graduated from the Odessa conservatory in 1926 and launched a brilliant concert career. In the late 1930s he was appointed professor at the Moscow conservatory and won the Stalin Prize. His concert tours in Europe and in America (after 1955) and his celebrated recordings of works by Brahms, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and the modern Soviet composers met with great success. Oistrakh was internationally esteemed as one of the towering violinists of his day. His son and pupil, Igor Oistrakh, 1931–, is a virtuoso violinist.

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Oistrakh, David

Oistrakh, David (b Odessa, 1908; d Amsterdam, 1974). Russ. violinist and conductor. Played Glazunov conc. with composer conducting, Kiev 1926. Moscow début 1928, joining staff of Cons. 1934. 1st prize Brussels Ysaÿe Int. Comp., 1937. Début Paris and London 1953, USA 1955. Salzburg Fest. début 1972 (soloist and cond.). Dedicatee and first performer of both Shostakovich vn. concs., No.1 (1955); No.2 (1967). One of greatest violinists of his day.

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Oistrakh, David (1908–74) Russian violinist. His interpretation of the violin repertoire earned him the reputation of being the greatest violinist of his day. His son and pupil, Igor Oistrakh (1931– ), is also a virtuoso violinist.

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