Ida Haendel (* 15.XII. 1928 Chełmno- † 1. VII. 2020 Miami) English violinist of Polish-Jewish origin. She studied with Michał Michałowicz at the Warsaw Conservatory, with Carl Flesch in London (1935–1939) and with George Enescu.
In 1933, she won the 1st prize in the Bronisław Huberman in Warsaw, and two years later she became a laureate of the 1st International Violin Competition. Henryk Wieniawski in Warsaw (she was the youngest participant of this competition). In 1936, Ida Haendel moved to Great Britain. The following year she made her debut at Queen’s Hall in London, where she performed Johannes Brahms’ Concerto in D major with an orchestra conducted by Henry Wood. In the years 1946–1947 she made her first tour to the United States. For many years (1952–1989) she lived in Canada, from where she made regular trips to Europe; she has also toured South America and Asia, performing with the most outstanding artists. Her concerts were regularly presented by Canadian CBS television.
Ida Haendel has recorded for the largest record companies in the world, such as Decca, Harmonia Mundi, EMI CLASSICS. In 1970, she published the autobiography “A Woman with a Violin”. She sat on the jury of the International Competition for them twice. Henryk Wieniawski in Poznań – in 1986 and 2006. In 2011, she became the honorary president of the 14th Wieniawski Competition.
One of the most outstanding virtuosos of our times.
More information about the artist can be found on the wikipedia website.
She also left behind several compositions: Piano Concerto in A major, Fantasy and Sonatina for piano.
A violin achievement is its transcription for violin and piano by Sartarelli from the Italian Symphony in A major – Felix Mendelssohn.