Clara Rockmore’s 105th Birthday

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Did you see the new Google Doodle for Clara Rockmore’s 105th birthday?

Clara Rockmore (March 9, 1911 – May 10, 1998was a Lithuanian virtuoso performer of the theremin, an electronic musical instrument.

Born as Clara Reisenberg in Vilnius, Vilna Governorate (now Lithuania), Rockmore was a 220px-clara-rockmores-lost-theremin-albumchild prodigy on the violin and entered the Saint Petersburg Conservatory at the age of five. She remains to this day the youngest student ever to be admitted to the institution. She studied violin under the virtuoso Leopold Auer. Unfortunately, bone problems due to childhood malnutrition forced her to abandon violin performance past her teen years. That, however, led her to discover the newborn electronic instrument the theremin, and become perhaps its most renowned player.

 

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