Ida Haendel, CBE (born 15 December 1928) is a Polish-British violinist.
Her major label recordings have earned critical praise, particularly her performance of the Sibelius Concerto which elicited a fan letter from its composer: "I congratulate you on the great success, but most of all I congratulate myself, that my concerto has found an interpreter of your rare standard". The Sibelius Society awarded her the Sibelius Medal in 1982.
Ida Haendel has said that she has always had a passion for German music. Her recording career began on 10 September 1940 for Decca, initially of short solo pieces and chamber works. In April 1945, she recorded both the Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn concertos followed in 1947 by the Dvořák concerto. Her recording career spans nearly 70 years for major labels including EMI and Harmonia Mundi. In 1948-49 she recorded Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with Rafael Kubelik conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra. Other acclaimed recordings are her renditions of the Brahms Violin Concerto (including one with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sergiu Celibidache...Celibidache's last studio recording)...and Tchaikovsky's with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted Basil Cameron.
Among her later recordings were the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006 by J S Bach, recorded at Studio 1 Abbey Road, London in 1995 recorded in analogue and issued by Testament.
She is equally passionate about the music of the 20th century, including Béla Bartók, Benjamin Britten and William Walton. Among her premiere performances have been Luigi Dallapiccola's Tartiniana Seconda, and Allan Pettersson's Violin Concerto No. 2, which was dedicated to her. Paying special tribute to her teacher George Enescu, her Decca recording of his Violin Sonata with Vladimir Ashkenazy in 2000 earned her a Diapason d'Or.
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 8
SHOSTAKOVICH Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings
Recorded in 1941 and 1953
Total duration: 39:29
Noel Mewton-Wood, piano
Ida Haendel, violin
Concert Hall Society Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Walter Goehr
DVOŘÁK Violin Concerto
Recorded in 1955 and 1947
Total duration: 69:00
Ida Haendel, violin
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Fritz Lehmann, conductor
National Symphony Orchestra
Karl Rankl, conductor