Celebrated violinist Sir Yehudi Menuhin, recognized as one of the geniuses of the century, died of heart failure on Friday in a Berlin hospital.
His German promoter says Menuhin died just days after cancelling a concert there because of his health problems.
He was 82.
One of the greatest violinists of the century, the immense Yehudi Menuhin, who thrilled his first audience when he was 7 died in Berlin on Friday, in the age of 82.
Menuhin arrived there on Tuesday and was scheduled to conduct the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra in a concert of Mendelssohn and Brahms that night.
The show, however, was cancelled due to his health.
Born in April 1916 in New York of Russian Jewish parents, Menuhin astonished a San Francisco audience at the age of seven with a debut violin performance that was by all accounts brilliant for a violinist of any age.
"My parents took me very early to the concerts of San Francisco orchestras. My eyes were riveted from very high on the concert master, Lui Perssinger, my first teacher. He wasn't my very first teacher. My mother and I went around the neighbourhood where we were living, and she said: "I remember the place on the top of the stairs where it says: Violin Teachers, a Dollar per lesson". So we went up on stairs, and we didn't like it. Then we went to another who was more famous in San Francisco. I didn't like him very much, but I owed him, more or less, my first nine months of playing. Finally my mother had the courage to take me to the teacher whom I wanted to go, whom I've chosen as a boy of three"
SUPER CAPTION: Sir Yehudi Menuhin
Four years later, he played at New York's Carnegie Hall with the New York Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the great German conductor Fritz Busch.
By 13, he had already won accolades in Berlin, Paris and London.
It was at his first concert in Berlin, just a few days short of his 13th birthday, that Albert Einstein followed Menuhin backstage, hugged him and declared: "Now I know there is a God in heaven!".
Fear that this precocious brilliance would dissipate as he grew older proved groundless.
He continued to play with a wonderful purity of tone and strong, clear line.
The 1950s saw Menuhin at the height of his powers. One of the foremost violinists of the age, he delighted audiences around the world with his smoothness of tone and the sheer physicality of his performance.
His classical works, including his beloved Beethoven Violin Concert, were received rapturously wherever he played.
His brilliance as a performer and conductor was matched by his concern for humanity and, most impressively, his work as an educator.
Generous with his talents and time, Menuhin founded a music school in his name in Britain and a foundation in Brussels, Belgium.
Among the graduates of his British school is concert violinist Nigel Kennedy.
"Takes a time for an institution to become really rooted in this country, in the world, because we draw on children from all over the world, and the atmosphere is absolutely charming, heartwarming and we are far ahead of the politicians in matters of international co-operation."
SUPER CAPTION: Sir Yehudi Menuhin
Just before Christmas, Menuhin was promoting music teaching in British schools because he believed it could play a vital role in civilizing society.
Menuhin lived in central London with his second wife, the ballerina Diana Gould, with whom he had two sons.
He received an honorary knighthood in 1965, but could not use the title until he became a British citizen in 1985. He became a lord in 1993.