I love their late fifties and sixties recordings. The Beethoven, Mozart and Bartok.
Reading the NY Times obit I was intrigued to see Mann was a bit of a late starter. This is not to reignite the 'when is late really late?" discussion, but Mann got his first violin at age nine, and was in a class with seven girls, and the violin teacher was no Carl Flesch.
After two years Mann seems to have spent two years without a teacher and only at thirteen did he get violin lessons from a serious violinist, the then CM of the Portland OR Symphony, who told him if he worked diligently 'he could make a living in music.'
Strange how things worked out for Mann, who played in the Juilliard Qt for fifty years. It almost sounds as if he was largely self-taught, with those two years between eleven and thirteen without a teacher.Tweet
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