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Krzemieniec, Ukraine
Male
Cancer
Krzemieniec, Ukraine
81
New York City
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Who is Isaac Stern?

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Isaac Stern is considered as one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century. This Polish-born musician received several Grammy award during his music career. He developed special bonding with Israel developed due to his several performances in the country. He performed there even during the Persian Gulf War. He formed piano trio with pianist Eugene Istomin and cellist Leonard Rose and recorded the complete trios of Beethoven and Brahms. Isaac performed for American soldiers during the World War II and was the first American violinist to perform in concerts in the Soviet Union after the war. For his contribution towards American culture, he received the Kennedy Centre Honours Award. In 1979, Stern visited China and collaborated with the China Central Symphony Society (now China National Symphony) under the direction of conductor Li Delun. The visit of Stern was filmed into Oscar-wining documentary 'From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China'.

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Isaac Stern Childhood & Early Life

Isaac Stern belonged to a Jewish family in Krzemieniec (formerly a part of Poland but now a city of Western Ukraine). His family shifted to the United States and settled in San Francisco when he was barely fourteen months old.

His mother was a professional singer who taught him music. He started to play the piano and violin when he was very young.

In 1928, he enrolled at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he attended classes till 1931 before taking private lessons from Louis Persinger, an American violinist and pianist. Thereafter, he returned to the San Francisco Conservatory and studied music under the guidance of Naoum Blinder for five years. During this period, he developed interest towards chamber music.

Isaac Stern Career

In February 1936, he played Saint-Sa�ns' Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor under the direction of Pierre Monteux, a French conductor. In Los Angeles, he played the Tchaikovsky concerto under Otto Klemperer.

He came into the limelight for his performance at the Carnegie Hall in January 1943. This show was a huge success and he secured a significant position as a musician of that era. In the same year, he performed for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Dimitri Mitropoulos.

He also performed for the American troops in Iceland, Greenland and the South Pacific from 1943 to 1944.

In 1945, he worked for Columbia records. The next year was a turning point in his music career as he was offered to play violin for ‘Humoresque’, a Hollywood film. The film is about the life of a young violinist with whom he could relate personally and professionally as well.

His remarkable work in Humoresque earned him the golden opportunity to work with several renowned conductors like Sir Thomas Beecham, Bruno Walter and George Szell to name a few.

In 1948, he visited Europe for the first time. In the same year, he performed for the first time at the Lucerne Festival. From 1950 to 1952, he performed at Pablo Calsals’ Prades Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Released in 1953, the film ‘Tonight We Sing’ presented him playing the role of Eugene Ysaye.

During the early period of 1960s, he took the initiative to organize a trio together with Eugene Istomin and Leonard Rose. This endeavour of Stern received huge success.

In 1956, when the cold war was going on, he made an extensive tour of the USSR. To protest against the Nazi activities in Germany, he refused to perform in Germany.

He had a close association with the state of Israel. This relationship was further strengthened with the establishment of Israelo-American cultural centres and foundations that used to encourage young musicians of Israel to get scholarship for study in America.

He also left his mark as the music director for the National Council for the Arts. He played an active role in organizing citizens, politicians and artists to protest against the planning of the demolition of the Carnegie Hall of New York.

For his successful effort, he became the President of the Carnegie Hall Corporation in 1960 and served in this position for forty years. This hall used to serve as a music class for young musicians and the music teacher was none other than Stern.

In 1979, he visited China. In the following year, a documentary film ‘From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China’, appeared which presents him as the first American musician who formed an association with the China Central Symphony Society. This Oscar winner documentary film also depicts his rehearsals and performances with Chinese conductor Li Delun in an interesting way.

In 1987, he formed a trio with Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax and this trio worked with artists like Jaime Laredo and Cho-Liang Lin.

Isaac Stern Personal Life & Legacy

He married ballet dancer Nora Kaye in 1948 but the marriage did not last long and they divorced the next year.

In 1951, he tied the nuptial knot for the second time with Vera Lindenblit. With Vera, he had three children - Shira Stern, David Stern and Michael Stern. This marriage lasted for 43 years before they got divorced in 1994.

His third wife was Linda Reynolds whom he married in 1997.

He died of heart failure at the age of 81.

Isaac Stern Primetime Emmy Awards

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Isaac Stern awards

  • Primetime Emmy Awards

    • 1987
      Outstanding Individual Achievement - Classical Music/Dance Programming - Performing
      Carnegie Hall: The Grand Reopening (1987)
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Isaac Stern biography timelines

  • Isaac Stern belonged to a Jewish family in Krzemieniec (formerly a part of Poland but now a city of Western Ukraine). His family shifted to the United States and settled in San Francisco when he was barely fourteen months old.
    21st Jul 1920
  • In 1928, he enrolled at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he attended classes till 1931 before taking private lessons from Louis Persinger, an American violinist and pianist. Thereafter, he returned to the San Francisco Conservatory and studied music under the guidance of Naoum Blinder for five years. During this period, he developed interest towards chamber music.
    1928 To 1936
  • In February 1936, he played Saint-Sa�ns' Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor under the direction of Pierre Monteux, a French conductor. In Los Angeles, he played the Tchaikovsky concerto under Otto Klemperer.
    Feb 1936
  • He came into the limelight for his performance at the Carnegie Hall in January 1943. This show was a huge success and he secured a significant position as a musician of that era. In the same year, he performed for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Dimitri Mitropoulos.
    1943
  • He also performed for the American troops in Iceland, Greenland and the South Pacific from 1943 to 1944.
    1943 To 1944
  • In 1945, he worked for Columbia records. The next year was a turning point in his music career as he was offered to play violin for ‘Humoresque’, a Hollywood film. The film is about the life of a young violinist with whom he could relate personally and professionally as well.
    1945
  • In 1948, he visited Europe for the first time. In the same year, he performed for the first time at the Lucerne Festival. From 1950 to 1952, he performed at Pablo Calsals’ Prades Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Released in 1953, the film ‘Tonight We Sing’ presented him playing the role of Eugene Ysaye.
    1948 To 1953
  • He married ballet dancer Nora Kaye in 1948 but the marriage did not last long and they divorced the next year.
    1948 To 1949
  • In 1951, he tied the nuptial knot for the second time with Vera Lindenblit. With Vera, he had three children - Shira Stern, David Stern and Michael Stern. This marriage lasted for 43 years before they got divorced in 1994.
    1951 To 1994
  • In 1956, when the cold war was going on, he made an extensive tour of the USSR. To protest against the Nazi activities in Germany, he refused to perform in Germany.
    1956
  • For his successful effort, he became the President of the Carnegie Hall Corporation in 1960 and served in this position for forty years. This hall used to serve as a music class for young musicians and the music teacher was none other than Stern.
    1960
  • In 1979, he visited China. In the following year, a documentary film ‘From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China’, appeared which presents him as the first American musician who formed an association with the China Central Symphony Society. This Oscar winner documentary film also depicts his rehearsals and performances with Chinese conductor Li Delun in an interesting way.
    1979 To 1980
  • In 1987, he formed a trio with Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax and this trio worked with artists like Jaime Laredo and Cho-Liang Lin.
    1987
  • His third wife was Linda Reynolds whom he married in 1997.
    1997
  • He died of heart failure at the age of 81.
    22nd Sep 2001
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Frequently asked questions about Isaac Stern

  • What is Isaac Stern birthday?

    Isaac Stern was born at July 21, 1920

  • Where is Isaac Stern's birth place?

    Isaac Stern was born in Krzemieniec, Ukraine

  • What is Isaac Stern nationalities?

    Isaac Stern's nationalities is American

  • What is Isaac Stern's sun sign?

    Isaac Stern is Cancer

  • When was Isaac Stern died?

    Isaac Stern was died at September 22, 2001

  • Where was Isaac Stern died?

    Isaac Stern was died in New York City

  • Which age was Isaac Stern died?

    Isaac Stern was died at age 81