S0775. YVONNE ASTRUC, w.Babeth Léonet (Pf.): Violin Sonata in C (d'Indy); w.Jacques Dupont (Pf.): Violin Sonata in A (Franck); Violin Sonatatine (Sauguet). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-875, Broadcast Performances, 1945-53. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“Yvonne Astruc was a French violinist and one of the leading figures in European violin pedagogy. She was the granddaughter of the journalist and theater manager Gabriel Astruc (1864-1938). She began studying the violin at the age of five and in 1906 entered the Paris Conservatory in the class of Narcisse-Augustin Lefort (1852-1933). He won the Premier Prix in 1909 and made his debut in Paris and frequently played the composers of his time, including Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Schmitt, Stravinsky, Milhaud, Pierné, Tailleferre, Villa-Lobos, d'Ambrosio, Berkeley, Migot, Boulanger, Enescu (with whom she studied and later performed in duo), several of whom expressly dedicated pieces to Astruc. In 1920 she married the French pianist and teacher Marcel Ciampi (1891-1980) and collaborated with him in the following years. Alongside the concert activity she turned to teaching, among other things at the École Normal de Musique . Later Astruc founded the École Instrumentale ‘Yvonne Astruc’ in Paris, inviting her old teacher Enescu to teach. A decisive phase of Astruc's pedagogical activity was her role as assistant to George Enescu at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. After Enescu's death she became a teacher herself.
Yvonne Astruc had a great influence on Christian Ferras, who regarded her as his most important violin teacher. Astruc taught at the Chigiana Academy in Siena from 1955 until 1962. She passed away in Paris in 1980 at the age of 91, a few weeks after Ciampi."
“I had a double luck. Firstly because, in Enescu's place, there was his assistant, Yvonne Astruc, a notable musician, especially for her knowledge of French music. Secondly, as his assistant, she had all of Enescu's fingerings, his indications on the arches and the rest of his notes .”
- Salvatore Accardo
“Subsequently, Enescu told me to go to Siena, to the Accademia Chigiana, because he was thinking of coming to Count Chigi in Siena to teach in the summer specialization courses. I went to Siena but unfortunately he fell ill. He could no longer come and had me study with his assistant who was Yvonne Astruc, the director of the Instrumental Institute in Paris. I studied with her for years. Enescu had great faith in her, he said: ‘Trust Madame as if you were myself’. Clearly it was not the same thing, but [she manifested] his spiritual, interpretive heritage. She taught very well."
- Uto Ughi