One of the pianists who accompanied the famed Jascha Heifetz on tours during WWII has died.

Seymour Lipkin, who has died aged 88, was a pianist who made his name accompanying Jascha Heifetz on the violinist’s 1945 tour of Europe performing for Allied troops.

Heifetz had already undertaken two such tours but, in need of a new accompanist, he approached the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, which recommended Lipkin, a teenage student who accompanied opera classes. Lipkin was summoned to New York to audition for the great virtuoso, where they played several scores. “I decided I was going to follow him to the end of the world,” Lipkin recalled. read more at

Lipton focused on conducting later in life, including time as Leonard Bernstein’s assistant.