Ossy Renardy was born in Vienna in 1920. Except for some early training given by a neighbor, he was self-taught. Victor de Sabata heard him perform in Milan in 1934, and invited him to play as soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic, which launched his international career.
A few weeks before his 18th birthday, he entered the Columbia studios to make his first recordings. In October of 1939, he caused a sensation at Carnegie Hall by performing all of the Paganini Caprices.
In the summer of 1953, Renardy made what were to be his final recordings for Remington in New York. He died in an automobile accident that December. Gramophone’s obituary stated: “At thirty-three he seemed destined to don the mantle of his compatriot Kreisler, whose style of playing was not dissimilar.”
PAGANINI 24 Caprices
FRANCK Violin Sonata in A
- RAVEL Violin Sonata No. 2 in G