Violinists

Throughout history, there have been many violinists who have contributed greatly to their field. The list includes many familiar and great violinists, such as Lindsey Stirling, Pete Townshend, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Jonathan Davis.
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Yo-Yo Ma
(Cellist)

Yo-Yo Ma
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Birthdate: October 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
French-born Chinese cellist Yo-Yo Ma was a child prodigy and later won 18 Grammys for his works. The Juilliard and Harvard alumnus has experimented with various types of music, including Brazilian and Chinese music. Named to Time 100 in 2020, he is also a U.N. Messenger of Peace.

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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
(Baroque Composer & Virtuoso Violinist Known for His Violin Concertos 'The Four Seasons')

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
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Birthdate: March 4, 1678
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: July 28, 1741

Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, and teacher, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, is regarded as one of the greatest Baroque composers. He was extremely popular during his lifetime and composed many instrumental concertos and operas. He was also a Roman Catholic priest and worked at a home for abandoned children. Even though he died in 1741, his music continues to be popular.

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Niccolo Paganini
(Violinist, Composer)

Niccolo Paganini
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Birthdate: October 27, 1782
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Genoa
Died: May 27, 1840
Italian multi-instrumentalist and composer Niccolò Paganini established himself as one of the key figures of modern violin technique. Son of a trader-turned-street musician, he started his stint with music by learning to play the mandolin. Some of his most celebrated compositions were the 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1.
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Hilary Hahn
(Violinist, Musician)

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Birthdate: November 27, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lexington
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Yehudi Menuhin
(Volinist)

Yehudi Menuhin
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Birthdate: April 22, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 12, 1999

Grammy Award-winning legendary 20th-century violinist Yehudi Menuhin was born to Lithuanian Jews in the US. Starting his training in the violin at age 4, he later studied music in Paris. He also experimented with fusion, collaborating with jazz and Indian classical musicians. He later launched the Yehudi Menuhin School.

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Joshua Bell
(Violinist)

Joshua Bell
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Birthdate: December 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bloomington, Indiana, USA
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Anne-Sophie Mutter
(Violinist who played with the Berlin Philharmonic at the age of thirteen and who went on to become a decorated violist)

Anne-Sophie Mutter
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Birthdate: June 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rheinfelden, Germany

Anne-Sophie Mutter had started learning the piano at age 5 but later switched to the violin. A prodigy, she first played for the Berlin Philharmonic at 13 and became a Royal Academy of Music fellow at 22. She is known for wearing custom-made designer strapless gowns while playing.

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 8 
Nigel Kennedy
(Violinist)

Nigel Kennedy
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Birthdate: December 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brighton, Sussex, England
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Jascha Heifetz
(Former Violinist remembered for his performances at prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall)

Jascha Heifetz
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Birthdate: February 2, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: December 10, 1987

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Isaac Stern
(American violinist)

Isaac Stern
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Birthdate: July 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Krzemieniec, Ukraine
Died: September 22, 2001
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Lindsey Stirling
(Composer Known for Her Choreographed Violin Performances)

Lindsey Stirling
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Birthdate: September 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, United States
Distingusihed as a modern-day dancing violinist, Lindsey Stirling began her musical journey in 2006 on America's Got Talent. With over 12 million YouTube subscribers, she presents choreographed violin performances, in live and music videos on her official channel. She has proved her prowess in a variety of music styles, rock to electronic dance music and classical to pop. 

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Nicola Benedetti
(violinist)

Nicola Benedetti
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Birthdate: July 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Kilbride

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Stjepan Hauser
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Birthdate: June 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pula, Croatia

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André Rieu
(Violinist and Conductor Best Known for Creating the Waltz-Playing 'Johann Strauss Orchestra')

André Rieu
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Birthdate: October 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maastricht, Netherlands

André Rieu is a Dutch violinist whose work has earned him international fame for over 30 years. Also an orchestra leader, Rieu is credited with founding the Johann Strauß Orchestra, which is renowned for its unorthodox performances of classical works. André Rieu has played all over the world and is well-known for his performances of classical works by Johann Strauss. 

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Peter Tosh
(Reggae Musician)

Peter Tosh
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Birthdate: October 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westmoreland, Jamaica
Died: September 11, 1987
Abandoned by his parents as a child, Peter Tosh grew up learning music by watching others perform. Part of the Jamaican reggae group Bob Marley and the Wailers, he advocated for legalization of marijuana. He loved unicycling. He was shot dead during a robbery attempt by three gunmen.

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Jean Sibelius
(Composer)

Jean Sibelius
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Birthdate: December 8, 1865
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hämeenlinna, Finland
Died: September 20, 1957

Jean Sibelius was a Finnish violinist and composer. Widely regarded as Finland's greatest composer, Sibelius' music is credited with having kindled nationalism in Finland during the country's struggle for independence from Russia. His work has inspired other important composers like Douglas Lilburn. The International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, which is held every five years, is named after him.

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Genesis P-Orridge
(Singer-songwriter)

Genesis P-Orridge
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Birthdate: February 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manchester, England

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Paz Lenchantin
(Bass Guitarist, Vocalist and Violinist of the Alternative Rock Band 'Pixies')

Paz Lenchantin
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Birthdate: December 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mar del Plata, Argentina
Argentine-born American musician and Pixies member Paz Lenchantin was born to a classical pianist father and had started training in the violin and other instruments as a child. The camera-shy artist is known for her eccentricities, such as buying a truck and driving it around Louisville. 
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Itzhak Perlman
(Israeli-American Violinist, Conductor, and Music Teacher)

Itzhak Perlman
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Birthdate: August 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
A bout of polio at age 4 left Itzhak Perlman’s legs paralyzed but could not deter his spirit. The Juilliard alumnus has won 16 Grammys and the coveted Leventritt Prize for his phenomenal compositions. He has also served as a conductor for Detroit Symphony and orchestras. 

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Julia Fischer
(Classical Violinist)

Julia Fischer
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Birthdate: June 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

One of the greatest classical violinists of the 21st century, Julia Fischer is also a skilled pianist. She first gained fame with her performances with conductor Lorin Maazel in New York. The German musician had started learning the violin at age 3 and the piano at age 4.

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Pinchas Zukerman
(Conductor, Music educator, Violinist)

Pinchas Zukerman
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Birthdate: July 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

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Janine Jansen
(Violinist)

Janine Jansen
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Birthdate: January 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Soest
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Gustavo Dudamel
(Music Conductor)

Gustavo Dudamel
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Birthdate: January 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barquisimeto, Venezuela

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Alexander Rybak
(Singer, Violinist, Pianist and Actor)

Alexander Rybak
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Birthdate: May 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Alexander Rybak is a Belarusian-Norwegian singer-composer, violinist, and pianist. The son of two talented musicians, he began to play musical instruments when he was just five. He studied at the Barratt Due Institute of Music before beginning his career. Besides being a musician, he is also an actor and has appeared in many TV shows and films. 

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Sharon Corr
(Singer)

Sharon Corr
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Birthdate: March 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dundalk, Ireland

Best known as part of the Irish family band The Corrs, singer Sharon Corr is equally talented in instruments such as the violin and the guitar. Born to musician parents, she began playing for orchestras as a child. She opened up about her social anxiety disorder through her solo album.

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David Oistrakh
(Violinist)

David Oistrakh
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Birthdate: September 30, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Odessa
Died: October 24, 1974

Two-time Grammy Award-winning Soviet violinist David Oistrakh had been trained in the instrument since age 5 and performed in his first concert at age 6. He later taught at the Moscow Conservatory and performed throughout the world, especially in Europe and the US. He also played for Soviet soldiers during World War II.

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Vanessa-Mae
(Violinist)

Vanessa-Mae
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Birthdate: October 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Singapore

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David Gates
(Singer-songwriter)

David Gates
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Birthdate: December 11, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Joseph Joachim
(Violinist Known for His Interpretations of Works of Bach, Mozart & Beethoven)

Joseph Joachim
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Birthdate: June 28, 1831
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kittsee, Austria
Died: August 15, 1907

Hungarian violinist and composer Joseph Joachim was trained in Budapest and London before he became the director of the Hochschule für Ausübende Tonkunst in Berlin. He formed the Joachim Quartet and gained fame as a music teacher. He is best known for his versions of works by legends such as Beethoven.

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Sarah Chang
(Musician)

Sarah Chang
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Birthdate: December 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia

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Arcangelo Corelli
(Composer, Violinist)

Arcangelo Corelli
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Birthdate: February 17, 1653
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fusignano, Italy
Died: January 8, 1713

Italian composer and violinist Arcangelo Corelli is regarded as a pioneer of the concerto grosso and the sonata. Named after his father who died 5 months before his birth, Corelli rose to be a major figure of Baroque music and became a favorite of priests and the royalty.

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Henryk Wieniawski
(Composer, Violinist)

Henryk Wieniawski
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Birthdate: July 10, 1835
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lublin, Poland
Died: March 31, 1880

Henryk Wieniawski was a Polish composer, violinist, and pedagogue. He is often counted among the greatest violinists of all time. He was also one of the most important players in London's Beethoven Quartet Society. Henryk Wieniawski is still revered by violinists all over the world. 

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David Garrett
(Violinist)

David Garrett
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Birthdate: September 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aachen, Germany

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Luka Sulic
(Cellist)

Luka Sulic
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Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maribor,

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Eugène Ysaÿe
(Belgian Virtuoso Violinist and Composer Regarded as 'The King of the Violin')

Eugène Ysaÿe
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Birthdate: July 16, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Liège, Belgium
Died: May 12, 1931

Eugène Ysaÿe was a Belgian virtuoso violinist, conductor, and composer. Referred to as The King of the Violin, Ysaÿe is best remembered for his finely honed technique which was without the shortcomings of violinists before Eugène Ysaÿe. He is also remembered for his great interpretations of Bach and Beethoven as well as early modern composers like César Franck.

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Pablo de Sarasate
(Former violin virtuoso, composer and conductor of the Romantic period)

Pablo de Sarasate
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Birthdate: March 10, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pamplona, Spain
Died: September 20, 1908

Pablo de Sarasate was a Spanish violin virtuoso, composer, and conductor active during the Romantic period. He was a musical prodigy and gave his first public concert at the age of eight. He grew up to have a successful career and performed mainly opera fantasies. The Spanish Dances and the Carmen Fantasy are among his masterpieces. 

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Jean-Luc Ponty
(Jazz violinist and composer)

Jean-Luc Ponty
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Birthdate: September 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Avranches, France

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Fritz Kreisler
(One of the Greatest Violinists of All Time - Known for His Sweet Tone and Expressive Phrasing)

Fritz Kreisler
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Birthdate: February 2, 1875
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 29, 1962

Born to a doctor in Austria, Fritz Kreisler was a music prodigy. However, after being rejected by the Vienna Philharmonic, he had started studying medicine. He had also studied art and been part of the Austrian army, though he is chiefly remembered for his violin pieces such as Viennese Caprice.

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Emilie Autumn
(Singer, Poet, Violinist, Pianist)

Emilie Autumn
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Birthdate: September 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles

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Robby Steinhardt
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Birthdate: May 25, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 17, 2021

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Don Moen
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Radio personality, Record producer, Violinist, Pianist)

Don Moen
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Birthdate: June 29, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minneapolis

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Nathaniel Ayers
(Musician)

Nathaniel Ayers
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Birthdate: January 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Nate Mendel
(Musician)

Nate Mendel
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Birthdate: December 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

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Paul Whiteman
(Bandleader)

Paul Whiteman
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Birthdate: March 28, 1890
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: December 29, 1967

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Max Bruch
(German Romantic Composer, Conductor & Educator)

Max Bruch
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Birthdate: January 6, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: October 2, 1920

Max Bruch composed his first song at 9 for his mother’s birthday and then earned a scholarship after creating a symphony at the tender age of 14. He worked extensively with the choral societies of Germany and is remembered for his iconic Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor.

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Zitkala-Sa
(Writer)

Zitkala-Sa
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Birthdate: February 22, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yankton Reservation, South Dakota, United States
Died: January 26, 1938

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Gil Shaham
(Musician)

Gil Shaham
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Birthdate: February 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Urbana

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Ray Chen
(Violinist)

Ray Chen
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Birthdate: March 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan

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Andrew Bird
(Musician)

Andrew Bird
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Birthdate: July 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Illinois, USA

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Ivry Gitlis
(violinist)

Ivry Gitlis
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Birthdate: August 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haifa