Sir Yehudi Menuhin
- March 12
) was an American-born violinist
, and conductor
who spent most of his performing career in Great Britain
. He was a student of Louis Persinger, Georges Enesco
, and Adolf Busch.
After building early success on richly romantic and tonally opulent performances, he experienced considerable physical and artistic difficulties caused by overwork during World War II and unfocused early training. Careful practice and study combined with meditation and yoga helped him overcome many of these problems, and he continued to perform to an advanced age, becoming known for profound interpretations of an austere quality.
In 1962 he established the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey.
During the 1980s he made jazz recordings with Stephane Grappelli. He died in Berlin.
His pupils include Nigel Kennedy and Hungarian violist Csaba Erdelyi.