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Violin virtuoso Ivry Gitlis dead at 98

Violin virtuoso Ivry Gitlis dead at 98
Israeli violin virtuoso Ivry Gitlis, who once jammed with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, is dead at the age of 98.

The musician died Thursday in Paris, reported The Associated Press.” Israeli violinist Ivry Gitlis, shown in this 2011 photo, died Thursday at the age of 98.Ivry Gitlis, the world-renowned violinist who was equally comfortable performing the classical works of Felix Mendelssohn as he was jamming with John Lennon, is dead at 98.George Michael's ex-boyfriend caught trying to break into dead singer's home, say cops » “The day that I no longer play my violin I will be dead,” Gitlis told La Croix in 2010.

While Gitlis flawlessly could recite compositions by maestros such as Bela Bartok and Jean Sibelius, he once collaborated with Lennon, Yoko Ono and The Dirty Mac for “Whole Lotta Yoko” for the famous TV special “The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus” in 1968.Gitlis earned the admiration of innumerable Hollywood stars, and in 2004, performed at the funeral of two-time Academy Award-winning actor Peter Ustinov.

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