World-renowned virtuoso violinist, loving to share his passion with the widest possible audience, Ivry Gitlis died Thursday, December 24 at the age of 98, in Paris, his family announced. The death of this musician, who has played in the most prestigious venues and with the largest orchestras, occurred in the morning, said one of his four children, David Gitlis.
Unesco Goodwill Ambassador, this Israeli residing in France had a special place in the classical musical world: renowned for his sometimes atypical interpretations of the repertoire, he was also at ease in jazz or gypsy music. .
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The cellist Gautier Capuçon shared on social networks his “Immense sadness” after the death of this “Violin legend”, while his brother, Renaud Capuçon greeted “A star for all violinists”, “The last of the violin Tsars to have crossed theXXe century “.
The first Israeli artist to perform in the USSR (in 1955), founder of numerous festivals (in Vence, Menton, Saint-André-de-Cubzac, etc.), he was also an ardent defender of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. White bushy hair and piercing blue eyes, a charismatic, whimsical, fierce and narcissistic personality, Ivry Gitlis generally played motionless with his eyes closed. His violin: a 1713 stradivarius acquired in 1964.
He was a popular artist, readily present on television at the end of the XXe century. He was one of the favorite guests of Jacques Chancel’s cult program, “Le Grand Échiquier”.