15 June 2001
Yaltah Menuhin, younger sister of the late violinist Yehudi Menuhin,
died June 9 at an undisclosed location, The Times of London reported.
She was 79.
youngest of three musically gifted Menuhin siblings, she grew up traveling
the world as Yehudi established his early career. However, like her
sister, Hephzibah, she took up piano and studied with such teachers
as Marcel Ciampi in Paris, Armando Silvestri in Rome and Carl Friedberg
at Juilliard School in New York.
regularly as both a soloist and a chamber player, she made a joint New
York debut with violinist Israel Baker in 1951 and performed with violist
Michael Mann, son of Thomas Mann. In the 1960's she began a piano duo
with her husband Joel Ryce. A previous marriage to Benjamin Rolfe ended
Yehudi Menuhin's 50th-birthday concert at London's Royal Festival Hal,
he conducted a performance of the Mozart Concerto for Three Pianos,
which she performed with her sister and his son, Jeremy Menuhin. Even
after her retirement from the concert stage, she continued to perform,
playing a program of Chopin and Debussy Preludes at the Orwell Park
School in Ipswich, England, a few days before her death
Menuhin is survived by two sons.