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Fritz Kreisler

An American violinist and composer of Austrian birth, Fritz Kreisler lived out his long life on two continents against the backdrop of major world events .Born in Vienna on February 2, 1875, he was a prodigy on violin.  The 7-year-old Fritz entered the Vienna Conservatory. He won the premier prix given by the Paris Conservatoire at 12. After a tour of the United States in 1888-89, he returned to Vienna to study medicine and perform his military service before resuming his musical career.