One hundred years ago, on April 22, 1916, a legend was born. His name was Yehudi Menuhin and once he picked up the violin, the classical music world was never the same.
Violinist and filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon describes his teacher and friend as "a normal genius" and to honor his legacy, Monsaingeon has compiled a new box set of Yehudi Menuhin's recordings. (You can enter for a chance to win that set here.)
Violinist Daniel Hope was another of Menuhin's mentees, and the recipient of some profound advice. On the issue of practicing, Hope relates that Menuhin once said to him: "One has to play every day. One is like a bird, and can you imagine a bird saying, 'I'm tired today I don't feel like flying'?"
You can read more of Daniel Hope's touching remembrance, and learn more information on his new recording, My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin, published in The Guardian.
And, for more information about this legendary violinist, conductor, and teacher, The Guardian has assembled 100 facts about Menuhin that you'll probably enjoy reading.