Tracing Jascha

This is an amazing portrait of Jascha Heifetz, taken by LIFE photographer Gjon Mili.

Mili attached a light to the end of Heifetz’s bow, and the results were very powerful:

And you think your teacher is scary…?

If you think your violin teacher is scary, imagine studying with Jascha Heifetz!

 

 

Below is the first part of a masterclass with Heifetz, who was one of the most technically proficient classical violinists of all time, and by no means the cuddliest.