Niccolo Paganini, Pablo de Sarasate and Bronislav Huberman are some of the best-known violinists. These musicians were not only great performers, they also influenced the development of new musical styles and inspired the work of other artists.
Niccolo Paganini was born in Genoa, Italy, on Oct. 27, 1782. He received music lessons beginning in early childhood, first performing in public at 12 years old. He soon gained popularity for his outstanding technical skills and emotional performance. While his contemporaries told stories about Paganini making a pact with the devil, modern experts speculate that his Marfan's and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes gave him exceptionally long limbs and unusual flexibility, in addition to a great talent and dedication to music. Many of his compositions were preserved.
Pablo de Sarasate, born in 1844 in Spain, started with his musical education at a young age and traveled to study at the Paris Conservatory at the age of 11. He traveled the world on his concert tours, including two tours through the Americas. His music enriched European concert music with elements of Spanish traditional songs.
Bronislav Huberman also started his career as a child prodigy. In addition to influencing contemporary music by his work, he made another large contribution to mankind by helping save his fellow Jewish musicians from the Nazi threat.