Son and pupil of David Oistrakh, Igor Oistrakh was born in Odessa in 1931. He won first prizes in the Budapest International Competition 1949 and Wieniawski International Competition, Poznan, 1952. His western debut was arranged by Victor Hochhäuser at the Royal Albert Hall, and was followed by concert tours through USA, Europe, USSR, Canada, South America, Japan and Australia. Igor Oistrakh has performed with the world's greatest orchestras under Klemperer, Reiner, von Karajan, Ormandy, Giulini, Solti, Maazel, Ozawa, Rozhdestvensky and David Oistrakh. He also performed together with Pablo Casals and Yehudi Menuhin. For 27 years, Igor Oistrakh played in a unique duo with his father making several recordings together. Since 1968, Igor Oistrakh has conducted chamber and symphony orchestras as well as performing as a viola player. Since 1996 he is professor of the Royal Conservatory in Brussels.