12 June 2001
Menuhin, 79, Pianist in Musical Family
Yaltah, a pianist and the younger sister of the violinist Yehudi Menuhin,
died on Saturday, The Times of London reported. The Times did not report
where she died. She was 79.
Menuhin, the youngest of the three Menuhin siblings, who all became
prominent musicians, was born in San Francisco in October 1921. She
grew up traveling the world with her family as Yehudi, who was five
and a half years her senior, established his early career.
like her older sister, Hephzibah, she was attracted to the piano rather
than the violin. Ms Menuhin's teachers included Marcel Ciampi, in Paris;
Armando Silvestri, in Rome; and Carl Friedberg, at the Juilliard School
in New York. Occasionally she performed with her brother as an accompanist
and chamber music parner, and she sometimes played piano duets with
her sister as well.
Yehudi Menuhin's 50th-birthday concert at the Royal Festival Hall in
London in 1966, he conducted a performance of the Mozart concerto for
three piano's in which the soloists were Hephzibah, Yaltah and Jeremy, his son.
Menuhin performed regularly as both a soloist and a chamber player.
In 1951 she made a joint New York debut with Israel Baker, the violinist.
She also performed with Michael Mann, a violist and the son of Thomas
Mann. And in the 1960's she began a piano duo with her husband Joel
Ryce. Mr. Ryce died in 1998. An earlier marriage, to Benjamin Rolfe,
ended in divorce.
Menuhin is survived by two sons, Robert and Lionel Rolfe.
she had retired from the concert stage, Ms Menuhin gave occasional
performances in recent years. Her last, on Wednesday, was at the Orwell
Park School in Ipswich, England, where she played a program of Chopin
and Debussy Preludes.