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Toscha Seidel was a Russion virtuoso violinist. After immigrating to the United States, he made a living working with motion picture studios in Hollywood, feauturing as a soloist for several films. In return for violin lessons for Albert Einstein he received a sketch, supposodely diagramming length contraction of Einstein's theory of relativity.

Bernard Ocko was an American violinist. He won the first International Naumburg Competition in 1925 for the violin and played with the New York Philharmonic and was a second violinst for both the Hartman String Quartet (1925-1927) and the Musical Art Quartet (1927-1931).

Ossip Gregory Giskin was a Russian celloist. He played cello for the Kroll Sextet of New York and the Salvatore De Stefano Triovarious, as well as for a few musicals and various artists including Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, and others in the 1940s through the 1960s.

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Albert Einstein playing in a string quartet at his home in Princeton, Leo Baeck Institute, F 5333G.