TEL AVIV (Dec. 19)
The 100th anniversary of the birth of violinist Bronislav Huberman on December 19, 1882, was marked by a gala concert here today, described by some musicologists as “the greatest concert in the history of the violin, “with the participation of six of the world’s greatest violinists.
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which Huberman founded in 1932, has honored the great violinist with a special week of concerts, under the baton of its musical director and conductor Zubin Mehta. The violinists playing in this evening’s concert are Isaac Stern, Pinhas Zuckerman, Yitzhak Perlman, Ida Hoendel, Shlomo Mintz and Ivy Gitlis.
A seventh violinist to have taken part in tonight’s final festive concert was Henrik Schering, whose father a Warsaw businessman, had paid the fares of many Jewish members of the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra in 1936 to go to Palestine to help found the new Palestine Symphony Orchestra under the baton of its first guest conductor, Arturo Toscanini. Schering left last Friday at the invitation of the Mexican government to play at the ceremonial swearing-in of the new Mexican President.