Toscha Seidel (November 17, 1899- November 15, 1962 ) was a Russian virtuoso violinist, born in Odessa. A student of Leopold Auer in St. Petersburg, Seidel became known for a lush, romantic tone and unique and free rubato. In the 1930s he emigrated to the United States, making his way to Hollywood where he made a career in the studios of Motion Pictures. He was featured (as soloist) in several Hollywood productions, including the movies Intermezzo, Apomethe and Melody for Three. He was also an avid chess player (like Mischa Elman). In 1934 Seidel gave violin instruction to Albert Einstein, and received a sketch in return, reportedly diagramming length contraction of his theory of relativity. Performed on violins by Antonio Stradivari "Da Vinci" 1712 (now known as the Ex-Seidel), Guadagnini, Giovanni Battista 1786 (now known as the Ex-Seidel), as well as copy of the "Alard Stradivari" by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume 1860.
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