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Nathan Milstein

Nathan Milstein(violinist, born December 31, 1904, Odessa, Russia; died: December 21, 1992) As a young child in his native Odessa, Russia, he was forced by his mother to take violin lessons "to keep him out of mischief," a route being taken by a neighbor with her equally "wild" little son. By the time he was 11, his playing had been heard by legendary violinist Leopold Auer who invited him to become one of his pupils at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. The classic violinist, who ranks among such beloved elder statesmen of music as Rudolf Serkin and the late Arthur Rubinstein and Pablo Casels, was the last active member of the great early crop of Auer pupils, a group that included Mischa Elman, Efrem Zimbalist, Jascha Heifetz, and Toscha Seidel, among others. In 1922 when he was doing joint concerts with Vladmir Horowitz in Kiev, a concert manager described his impression of him: "I saw him first in a rather disheveled way.