Jascha Heifetz in Concert: Five Amazing Clips

There is no top. There are always farther heights to reach. If one thought himself at the pinnacle, he would slide back toward mediocrity by that very belief in his success.

-Jascha Heifetz

Watch performance clips of Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), and you may get a vague sense of the supernatural. Is Heifetz playing the violin or is some much larger force at work, playing through him? A searing, highly-controlled energy and a fearless sense of pressing forward characterize Heifetz’ playing. As the story goes, the young Jascha launched into Paganini’s Moto perpetuo at such a stunningly fast tempo that the great violin teacher Leopold Auer gasped, saying, “He doesn’t even realize that it can’t be played that fast.” Heifetz’ sound goes beyond “beauty,” instead reflecting pure intensity.

Here are five incredible Heifetz performance clips. Some are taken from the 1939 Hollywood film, They Shall Have Music.

Wieniawski: Polonaise No. 1 in D Major

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto E Minor (First Movement)

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto E Minor (Third Movement)

Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

J.S. Bach: Chaconne in D minor from Partita No.2


  • Jascha Heifetz’ complete discography iTunes

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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