Mischa Elman was a Ukranian-born violinist famed as one of the greatest virtuosos of his time. He was a romanticist, most at home with the music of Tchaikovsky, and played almost until the day of his death.
Elman first picked up a violin at age 5, and he was still only a young boy when he was admitted into the St. Petersburg Conservatory. As a teenager he was already touring around the world, playing in New York's Carnegie Hall in 1908. In 1923, Elman became a naturalized American citizen.
Shortly before his death, Elman performed his 5,000th concert, which was acknowledged by President Lyndon Johnson and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in telegrams sent to the musician.