American Masters (2015 Season) – Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler

Film Interviewees

Air date: 04/16/2015

American Masters – Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler


Premieres nationwide Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m. and Friday, April 17 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)


Film Interviewees

(in order of appearance)


Ivry Gitlis, Israeli violinist, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador


Itzhak Perlman, child prodigy violinist


Arthur Vered, Heifetz biographer


John Anthony Maltese, Heifetz biographer, Albert Berry Saye Professor and head of the department of political science, University of Georgia


Ayke Agus, child prodigy violinist and pianist, Heifetz’ student, accompanist and longtime companion


Saulius Sondeckis, Lithuanian violinist


Galina Kopytova, Author, Jascha Heifetz: Early Years in Russia


Sergei Stadler, Russian violinist


Nathaniel Rosen, American cellist, former faculty member at the USC Thornton School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music


Ida Haendel, Polish child prodigy violinist


Seymour Lipkin, concert pianist, piano and chamber music faculty member of The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, Artistic Director of The Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and School in Blue Hill, Maine


Marvin Gross, Heifetz’s lawyer for the 40+ years Heifetz lived in Los Angeles


Sherry Kloss, violinist, Heifetz’ student; Heifetz left her his Tononi violin used at his U.S. concert debut at Carnegie Hall (1917) in his will


Endre Granat, leading concertmaster for the Hollywood film industry (Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, Henry Mancini, Hans Zimmer, Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards), Heifetz’ student


Yukiko Kamei, violinist, Heifetz’ student, assistant and played in chamber music performances with Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky


Jeffrey Solow, American cello virtuoso, played chamber music with Heifetz’ students, past president of the American String Teachers Association, president of the Violoncello Society, Inc. of New York