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Yehudi Menuhin

Yehudi Menuhin (violinist, born April 22, 1916, New York, New York; died March 12, 1999) Yehudi Menuhin's first solo red-letter day was November 25, 1927, when, at the age of 11, he electrified Carnegie Hall with his interpretation of the Beethoven Violin Concerto. That historic appearance with the New York Symphony, under Fritz Busch, launched an already promising career that continued to make history for six decades. Reviewing Menuhin's Carnegie Hall debut, the New York Times stated: "It seems ridiculous to say that he showed a mature conception of Beethoven's Concerto, but that is the fact. When the bow touched the strings, it was evident that an exceptional musical intelligence and sensibility were behind the performance." When young Menuhin followed that dazzling success with a solo recital at Carnegie Hall a few weeks later, a police detail was called out to keep the overflowing crowd under control.