Stefan Gheorghiu was a Romanian violinist and teacher born (in Galatz) on March 23, 1926. Although he concertized around the world, he spent most of his time playing and teaching in Romania. As most professional violinists have done, he began his violin studies very early in life – at age 5. He later (at age 9) became a student at the Royal Conservatory in Bucharest and later still at the National Conservatory in Paris, studying with Maurice Hewitt, a violinist I had never before heard of. He completed his studies in Moscow under the tutelage of David Oistrakh. In 1946, he became violin soloist with the George Enesco Philharmonic in Bucharest. He also formed the Romanian Piano Trio. He was 20 years old. Using Bucharest as his home base, he toured various parts of the world (mostly Europe and Russia), championing the music of Romanian composers, especially George Enesco, recording several first editions of their works. In 1960, he was appointed violin professor at the University of Music (Music Academy) in Bucharest. He was 34 years old. Among his many pupils are Angele Dubeau, Corina Belcea, and Silvia Marcovici. Gheorghiu died on March 17, 2010, at (almost) age 84.