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Program Notes Leopold Auer

Leopold Auer (1845-1930) was one of the most important violin teachers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He taught at the St. Petersburg Conservatory from 1868 to 1917, and at the Juilliard School from 1918 until his death. His students included some of the most famous violinists of the 20th century, including Jascha Heifetz, Mischa Elman, and Efrem Zimbalist.

Auer was born in Veszprém, Hungary, and studied violin with Jakob Dont and Joseph Joachim. He was a child prodigy, and made his debut at the age of 11. He toured Europe and Russia as a concert violinist, and in 1868 was appointed professor of violin at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

At the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Auer developed a highly demanding teaching method that emphasized technique, phrasing, and interpretation. He was a strict teacher, but he was also known for his passion for music and his ability to inspire his students.

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