Beginnings

Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999) was born in New York of Russian Jewish parents. A child prodigy, he made his solo violin debut aged seven with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. By the age of 13, he had performed in Carnegie Hall, Paris, Berlin and London and was launched on a lifelong music career that took him around the world, playing with leading conductors and orchestras. Considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century, Menuhin was also a committed human rights campaigner and educator.