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This is the Leopold Auer Violin Class at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Czarist Russia in the year 1914. My violin teacher is Paul Stassevich (who is sitting on the ground and 2nd from the left).
Jascha Heifetz is standing in the back row (3rd from the left). Mischa Elmen is also standing in the top row (2nd from the right). Toscha Seidel is sitting at the right end of the 1st row.
Almost all of these violin students fled Russia during the Communist Revolution. Photo and music by his student Theodore Kruzich playing the 1st Rumanian Folk Dance of Bela Bartok.
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