Ivry Gitlis (1922), born in Haifa, Israel, to Russian parents. He received his first violin at the age of five and gave his first concert at age ten. When violinist Bronislav Huberman heard him play, he sent him to study at the Conservatoire de Paris, where he won a first prize at age 13. After graduation, he studied with George Enesco and Jacques Thibaud, among others. In 1939, he went to England, and when WW II broke out, he worked in the entertainment unit of the British army.