The Jew who cracked the Iron Curtain!

There are the makings of a great novel and a splendid film in the intertwined lives of Victor and Lilian, a saga stretching across 70 years.

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May 3, 2019 06:10
The Jew who cracked the Iron Curtain!

Hochhauser with Igor and David Oistrakh before their first performance of the Bach Double Concerto in 1963. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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This was a man who changed musical history in the world. A man who, with his wife and partner, Lilian, cracked open the Iron Curtain. Victor Hochhauser died on March 22, just before his 96th birthday, and left a void in the lives of family and hundreds of relatives and friends, and thousands of music-lovers and music-makers across the globe.

There are the makings of a great novel and a splendid film in the intertwined lives of Victor and Lilian, a saga stretching across 70 years. The brilliant accomplishments of such a full life left its mark on every aspect of classical music as well as ballet.

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