Efrem Zimbalist: A Lifeby Roy Malan
(Amadeus). Violinist and educator Efrem Zimbalist (1890-1985) led a legendary life in music in an age of violin legends. Of the dazzling stars to emerge from the Russian School at the beginning of the 20th century, Zimbalist earned a special place. David Oistrakh compared him to Heifetz: "While Heifetz conquered by sheer brilliance, Zimbalist captivated people by appealing to profound mysteries of heart and soul." Zimbalist was also one of the century's great teachers, for 40 years devoting himself to the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, serving as its director from 1941 to 1968. His was a remarkable journey, fortunately recounted in hundreds of hours of taped interviews with author and Curtis Institute student Roy Malan, longtime concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Malan then waited nearly a decade after Zimbalist's death before seeking publication, so that the story could be told in its entirety. This definitive biography of the world's first globe-trotting virtuoso also includes a discography and a list of Zimbalist's students.
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EFRAM ZIMBALIST, A Life by Roy Malen. Amadeus Press, 512 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444; www.amadeuspress.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. 2004. 368+xii pp. $29.95 hardcover, ISBN 1-57467-091-3. photographs, discography, bibliography, index. Efram Zimbalist was a world-renowned violinist of the 20th century; who was also an influential teacher to a genertion of violinists. From his homeland of Russia where he first gained notice as an outstanding performer, he emigrated to the U. S. in the early 1900s, where his star continued to rise and he taught for more than 40 years at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. As one of Zimbalist's students, Malan developed a special relationship with him. For this appreciative biography, Malan draws on hundreds of hours of taped interviews he did with Zimbalist. Besides covering the violinist's stellar music career, Malan goes into his relationships with ndividuals in varied fields. Among these are Einstein, John D. Rockefeller, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Harpo Marx, and George Gershwin. Zimbalist's life reflects the fortunes of a talented emigre artist in the political and social circumstances of the 20th century. Malan gives equal attention to Zimbalist's musical genius and the surrouding parts of his life such as his marriage, his friendships, and his influence.