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He began playing the violin at seven years of age. He settled in Berlin , and in in London. He was known for his solo performances in a very wide range of repertoire from Baroque music to contemporary , gaining fame as a chamber music performer. He also taught in Bucharest , Amsterdam , Philadelphia and Berlin Hochschule fuer Musik, He published a number of instructional books, including Die Kunst des Violin-Spiels The Art of Violin Playing, in which he advocated for the violinist as artist rather than merely virtuoso.
He said his favorite pupil was the Australian Alma Moodie , who achieved great fame in the s and s but made no recordings and is little known today. He owned the Brancaccio Stradivarius , but had to sell it in after losing all his money on the New York Stock Exchange. Flesch lived in London during the s, and was later arrested by the Gestapo in the Netherlands,     was released, and died in Lucerne , Switzerland , in November Hans Keller and ed.
My father was, of course, not allowed to teach or play and occupied most of Both my parents were arrested twice but my father had been lucky enough to have in his possession a letter from Flesch ; foreword by Max Rostal
Urstudien für Violine (Flesch, Carl)