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MIKHAIL FICHTENHOLZ - VIOLINIST

Autographed tri-fold program by the Russian cult violinist, 15 and 16 November, 1972.† Fichtenholz plays with the Gottwaldov Symphony, now Zlin in Moravia in the Czech Republic.

Fichtenholz (1920-1985) was a pupil of Piotr Stolyarsky and won his first competition at the age of 15.† In 1937, he along with several other pupils of Stolyarsky won the top prizes at the first Ysaˇe Competition in Brussels.† The violinist married the daughter of an important government official who Stalin purged and ordered executed.† He was ordered to divorce his wife and when he refused, his upcoming concerts were cancelled.† That led to psychological issues which manifested itself in his hands which became too painful to use to play the violin.† To make a living he arranged music and when it became too painful he could stop and rest his hands. He also taught at the Gnessin State Conservatory in Moscow.† In the 1960ís a psychologist worked with Fichtenholz and lo and behold his hands began to work again.† He had been away from his violin for 23 years and he picked up the violin and dedicated himself to violin practice.† He once again began to concertize and was highly successful until his death.

An extremely rare violinist autograph!†††

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