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Date of Birth 21 July 1920Kremenets/Krzemieniec, Ukrainian People's Republic [now Kremenets, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine]
Date of Death 22 September 2001New York City, New York, USA  (heart failure)
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Isaac Stern was born on July 21, 1920 in Kremenets/Krzemieniec, Ukrainian People's Republic. He was married to Linda Reynolds, Vera Lindenblit and Nora Kaye. He died on September 22, 2001 in New York City, New York, USA.

Spouse (3)

Linda Reynolds (23 January 1997 - 22 September 2001) (his death)
Vera Lindenblit (17 August 1951 - 1994) (divorced) (3 children)
Nora Kaye (10 November 1948 - 1949) (divorced)

Trivia (11)

Awarded the Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, in 2000.
Children (from second marriage): daughter Shira (a rabbi); sons Michael and David (both conductors).
At his peak, Stern would perform more than 200 concerts a year. Made his debut at Carnegie Hall on January 8, 1943.
Boycotted Germany for most of his life until 1999, due to that country's role in the Holocaust.
During the 1991 Gulf War, a concert in Jerusalem was interrupted by a siren warning of an Iraqi Scud missile attack. After the audience put on gas masks, Stern returned to the stage and played the Sarabande from Bach's D minor Partita for solo violin. Stern didn't wear one, saying he doubted Saddam Hussein would fire missiles at Jerusalem with its many Muslim holy sites and large Palestinian population.
His parents moved to San Francisco when he was 10 months old and he started playing the violin at the age of eight.
He made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony. [1936]
In the late 1950s, after hearing proposals for razing Carnegie Hall he mobilized his fellow artists and benefactors, eventually securing legislation that enabled the city to acquire the building in 1960 for $5 million.
He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1991 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6540 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Personal Quotes (1)

"Carnegie was, is and will not be only a building. It's an idea. It's a mythology, a necessary mythology about music." - said on Larry King Live (1985) about his belief that Carnegie Hall needed to be saved.

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