David Fjodorowitsch Oistrach was born
in Odessa, the Ukrainian town on the black sea in the year 1908. His
father was an amateur musician, his mother was a soloist at the opera
house. As he told later, the violin was one of his earliest memories,
he could not think himself as a boy without a small violin. At the
age of 5 years he was given a 1/8 violin and started his first lesson
with Pjotr Stoljarski at the local school of music
1908 in Odessa; first lesson with Stoljarski
|Oistrach told later
about this time: Stoljarski let his pupils develop to their individual
skills and needs; he was accepted to the masterclass of Stoljarski
at the age of 15. After playing the viola at the orchestra of the
conservatory he soon took the position of concert master. The next
step to his career were his first public appearances.
the age of 15 masterclass of Stoljarski and first public concerts
approx. 1920 onwards, Oistrach started touring the Sovjetunion and
soon he played in fully booked concert halls. His first appearance
in Leningrad (1928) was another step in the beginning of his career.
the Soviet Union
1934 D.O. took his first post as a teacher at the Moscow conservatory.
1930: D. Oistrakh gets married to Tamara, a pianist. Their son Igor
was born in 1931
of teaching, marriage, birth of son Igor
1930: First price winner of the Ukrainian Violin competition
1935: First price winner of the Violin competition of the Soviet Union.
1935: Second price at the Wieniawski-Competition in Warsaw (1.Price:
1937: First price at the international Eugene Ysaye-competition in
winner of Russian and international Competitions
war two: Oistrach had to play for soldiers and factory workers under
sometimes difficult conditions.
World war two
to western countries: Until the end of WW 2
there was no possibility for Oistrach to tour to western countries.
After that time he was sent frequently to tours all over the world.
When Y. Menuhin played in Moscow in the year 1945, he met Oistrach
for the first time and their friendship lasted over all their years
in spite of the borders between them.
1952: East Berlin(125. Birthday of Beethoven)
1954: Western Germany
1954: First appearance in London considered to be a sensational success
1955: Amerce debut.
his top, tours all over the world
years until 1974: From the time when the Soviet authorities permitted
Oistrach (and other soloists) to travel to western countries, the
time schedule of Oistrach was more than filled up with concert tours
to the western countries, up to 100 concerts in Russia, teaching and
later also conducting. Besides this he made numerous recordings of
a very wide repertory.
Start of conducting
Oistrach died in 1974 during a tour in Amsterdam on a heart attack.