Dorothy DeLay

Talented students from all over the world practice until their fingers are sore, in hopes to get an audition with her -- Dorothy DeLay is the most-demanded violin teacher of the century. She has taught at the famous Juilliard School in New York for 50 years, and the list of her former students goes from Itzhak Perlman to Nigel Kennedy, Midori and Sarah Chang. She started like many of her portages, as a three-year-old girl with an eight or sixteenth violin. However, when she was a young woman after World War II, she discovered that teaching was even more fun to her than a life on the concert stage. Today, not only those line up who want to become Dorothy DeLay's students. Even those fortunate enough to have become her students must patiently wait for their lessons in a corridor in front of her studio at the Juilliard School. The famous teacher, who is 82 years old, takes a lot of time for every student, as Georg Hirsch has found out on a visit in New York.

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