The Life and Genius of Michael Rabin

Jonathan Coffey explores the life of violinist Michael Rabin

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BBC Radio 3
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 20:15

 

To mark the fortieth anniversary of Michael Rabin’s death Jonathan Coffey reviews the life and genius of the exceptional violinist.

Rabin was born in New York in 1936 and made his stage debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 14. His talent was recognised by great violinists, including his tutor Ivan Galamian who described him as ‘without weakness, none.’ Despite the strength of his art, Rabin suffered from anxiety and endured periods of isolation that led to concert cancellations.

He died tragically young from head injuries when he fell from his New York apartment at the age of 35.