Tamsin Little: So sad to know that Ida Haendel has died … she inspired me so much, as a young girl, and I adored her characterful, robust and gutsy playing, as well as her colourful dress sense! I listened to her Sibelius concerto over and over again in my teen years, as well as her brilliant Britten concerto, when no one was bothering with the piece (unthinkable, now!). More recently I went to a fantastic recital at the Wigmore Hall where she did a memorable Bach Chaconne and the whole of the Enescu 3rd sonata (from memory!). I went to say Hello backstage and we had such a lovely chat together. RIP, and thank you, thank you so much, dearest Ida, for your incredible artistry!
Steven Isserlis: So sad to hear (belatedly) of the death of Ida Haendel. What a lady! Passionate, inspired, stubborn, utterly unique – glorious! Playing the Beethoven Triple with her and Martha Argerich remains one of my most cherished – if surreal! – memories. There’s never been anyone like Ida.
CBSO: Ida was a regular concerto partner of Simon Rattle, and this live Proms performance was recorded in 1994. She had made her Proms debut with Henry Wood at the Queen’s Hall in 1937! She will be greatly missed.
David Garrett: My dear friend and teacher Ida Haendel just passed away yesterday. She guided me musically from age 11 to 17.
Shlomo Montz: Ida Haendel: A great violinist and a great friend passed away today… a colorful person with a unique mix of love for human beings will indeed be missed by many. May her soul rest in peace knowing that she will be remembered as the last of the best..
Sandra Roberts: I remember reading Woman With Violin when I was 13. Then when I met her, total disbelief how small she was and how did she project so much (and walk in such high heels!).
Emma McGrath: I learned so much from you in the summers I spent in Israel….. and your fiery personality is something I have always aspired to. I cherish the memories I have of your live playing, and will continue to adore your many recordings. In a world full of so many excellent violinists, you stood out and stand out as a true original voice. Our musical history is richer for having had you in it.
Vesna Gruppman: It is with the most heavy heart and tears that I write this post to let my friends know about the passing of the legendary violinist, musical giant, extraordinary human being IDA HAENDEL.
She was Igor’s and mine closest friend, mentor, teacher, adviser, and even colaborator.
I personally feel so blessed, privileged, and honored to have known her and to have associated with her in many ways.
She was incredible woman, genius, down to earth, witty,intelligent, compassionate, sensitive, beautiful, loving….
She was my violin IDOL since my childhood. I have emulated her musicianship all my life, and I’ve never dreamed that one day I will have the honor to meet her, and not to mention learn so much from her and even become her friend. I have tried to pass on to my students so much of the knowledge she imparted onto me.
I loved her! She will be so greatly missed.
The Guardian is first with an obituary here.