Jascha Heifetz (/ˈhaɪfɪts/; 2 February [O.S. 20 January] 1901 – 10 December 1987) was a Lithuanian born violinist, who is considered by many to be the greatest violinist of all time. Born in Wilno, Russian Empire (present-day Vilnius, Lithuania), he moved as a teenager to the United States, where his Carnegie Hall debut was rapturously received. He was a virtuoso since childhood—Fritz Kreisler, another leading violinist of the twentieth century, said on hearing Heifetz's debut, "We might as well take our fiddles and break them across our knees."
He had a long and successful performing and recording career; after an injury to his right (bowing) arm, he focused on teaching.