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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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.