Polish violinist Ida Haendel, 91, died on Tuesday in Miami. Child prodigy, pushed by a painter father who would have liked to become a musician, she stood out behind the instrument when she was 3 years old. She gives the Violin concerto Beethoven at 7 years old. Record at 12 years old. Begins his international career in London, at the age of 13, and sometimes has to prove his age, with a birth certificate to support it. A regular at Proms where she performs 68 times, Ida Haendel was fond of the romantic and postromantic style where her expressiveness could be exercised – without neglecting the modernity of a Bartok or a Britten. Hear it for example in Brahms, Sibelius and Khachaturian (terrifying solo of Violin Concerto in D minor) allows you to discover a shiny interpretive model, of technical solidity to any test but always ready to take off.
A pupil of Carl Flesch and Georges Enesco, Ida Haendel played in British factories during the Second World War, recorded a large repertoire of chamber music for Decca and became the first woman to perform in China after the Cultural Revolution. The native of Chelm played with most of the great maestros of the century but was close to Sergiu Celibidache. Settled in Canada in the 1950s, she still gave concerts in the early 2010s, after more than seventy years of career.