Ilona Fehér (1901–1988)

“A beautiful sound,” said Ilona Fehér (1901–1988) legendary violin teacher when asked what is the most important thing in violin playing. Ilona Fehér was a student of Jenő Hubay at the Budapest Academy of Music and had a considerable career as a soloist during the interwar period, but the beautiful sound of her violin playing was silenced by the roar of World War II. She was deported to a concentration camp; she escaped and joined the Czechoslovakian partisans, then emigrated to Israel after the war. She initially worked as a soloist, but then started teaching, giving rise to such violinists as Pinchas Zuckerman or Shlomo Mintz.

In the following excerpt of a documentary film, Ilona Fehér is instructing the young Shlomo Mintz (the film can be viewed in it entirety below). uses cookies for analysis and displaying personalized content and ads. By browsing our site you accept the use of cookies. Read more