Efram Zimbalist was born at Rostoff-on-Don in 1893, and commenced to play the violin at the age of seven.
After playing in his father’s orchestra, he entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where he remained for six years under Leopold Auer, the teacher of Mischa Elman and Kathleen Parlow.
At the conclusion of his studies he won a prize of 1200 roubles and a gold medal presented by the Russian Government. On this occasion his diploma was endorsed “Incomparable.”
He made his debut with the Beethoven Saal in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
His success was so great that he was almost immediately given a hearing at the Queen’s Hall in London under Arthur Nikisch, and later with the London Symphony under Dr. Hans Richter.
His success was immediate, not only in England and Germany, but also in France and Russia.
Zimbalist made his American debut in Boston, October 27, 1911, and has not failed to win as much admiration here as elsewhere.
There can be little doubt that Zimbalist is destined to be one of the world’s great violinists, as he not only possesses complete technical equipment and sound musicianship, but he also possesses that magnetic quality known as “personality,” which plays so large a part in establishing popular favorites.
Wherever he has appeared so far he has won immediate success.
He died February 22, 1985 in Reno, Nevada.