Jascha Heifetz Tests Itzhak Perlman’s Skills


Jascha Heifetz Tests Itzhak Perlman’s Skills
Itzhak Perlman’s first encounter with famous violinist Jascha Heifetz.
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Itzhak Perlman reminisces about his first encounter as a teenager with the world-famous violinist Jascha Heifetz. Perlman was a student at Juilliard and Heifetz stopped in at his class to hear him play. After performing, Perlman and his teacher Ivan Galamian thought Heifetz had heard enough. Instead, Heifetz asked Perlman to play scales for him — a rudimentary exercise in training.

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12 Comments

  1. American Masters??????? about a Russian Jew, Heifetz, and Perlman talking , from Israel, about his Russian Jewish teachers in Israel.. etc..(he does not mention his actual teacher, D. Delay.. ) idiotic. the video actually shows Eric Friedman playing, not Perlman, who never studied with Heifetz, actually.. despite what folks would have you “believe” .. . I once watched a video where an “American” was SO proud that his country had been , as he, playing Stradivarius violins for over 400 years.. just about sums it all up, actually.
    btw? American Masters?? Heifetz was Russian, taught by Auer..

  2. Heifetz, Milstein, Stern, Menuhin, Mintz, .. all Russian/Israel jews.. none of them is an actual american.. Hilary Hahn, though? despite her German lineage? is an actual American Master.

  3. When you are playing with Heifetz and at the end of the song he nods his head in approval, meaning he is satisfied with the way you played, that means you are really good!

  4. I’m a complete amateur violinist but I had a teacher from Ukraine for about a year in college and she taught me a few scales.

  5. Eric Friedman was not very good IMO. Heifetz looked unimpressed in the video. He certainly couldn’t play scales with excellence in this video. Perlman is better but as I see it, he’s no Heifetz. Heifetz is in a league all his own. If a violin could do it, Heifetz could make the violin do it, do it perfectly, and make it look easy no matter how difficult it was. The other top violinists of the 20th century according to my own experts were David Nadien, Yehudi Menuhin, and Michael Rabin. All of the rest were lesser virtuoso players.

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