Ida Haendel

Ida Haendel Biography

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Ida Haendel is one of the world's best-loved and most respected violinists. As well as a long, prodigious and star-studded career, she has continued to tour internationally well into her 80s.

  • Ida Haendel was born on December 15th 1928 in Chełm, Poland.
  • She first took up the violin at the tender age of three, using her father's instrument.
  • When she was only seven, Haendel was competing against the likes of David Oistrakh, becoming the first winner of the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in 1935.
  • Haendel made her London debut in 1937 in a performance conducted by Sir Henry Wood.
  • She has made various legendary recordings of core violin repertoire over the years, including a 1948 recording of Beethoven's violin concerto with the Philharmonia.
  • In 1991 she was given a CBE by the Queen.
  • In 2000, Haendel paid tribute to her former teacher George Enescu by recording his violin sonata with Vladimir Ashkenazy at the piano.
  • Coming full circle, in 2011 Haendel became a judge for the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (at which she performed back in 1935) in 2011.


Ida Haendel Chaconne Ida Haendel - Chaconne

This week, marvel at the talent of octogenarian violinist Ida Haendel. Album of the Week, 17 June 2013.