Ida Haendel on being a 'legend' and her career so far
5 July 2013, 17:12
John Suchet talks to the octogenarian violinist about her incredible career - and why she's got no plans to slow down any time soon.
After taking up the violin an astonishing 82 years ago, Ida Haendel's whirlwind career has seen her perform with legendary musicians from across the globe, including David Oistrakh and Sir Henry Wood. While many musicians in their 80s might want to take a break and enjoy their retirement, Ida's not planning to put the violin down any time soon - she's just released a new album, Chaconne, and is back in the UK.
John Suchet featured Ida's latest release his Album of the Week last month, so it seemed only right to introduce them for a chat. She shares her thoughts on her Polish heritage, her early career, and what it's like to be thought of as a 'legend'.