Eugène-Auguste Ysaÿe (1858 – 1931)

Eugène-Auguste Ysaÿe was a Belgian violinist and composer who is best known for his six solo violin sonatas, which are considered some of the greatest works written for the instrument. Born in 1858, Ysaÿe was a child prodigy who began studying violin at a young age and quickly gained recognition for his exceptional talent. He eventually became the concertmaster of the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Brussels and also performed as a soloist with various orchestras around Europe.

Ysaÿe's solo violin sonatas are some of the most challenging and virtuosic works in the violin repertoire, and they showcase his incredible technical skills and musicality. Each of the six sonatas is dedicated to a different violinist and is based on a particular composer or style of music. For example, Sonata No. 1 is dedicated to the violinist Joseph Szigeti and is based on Bach's music, while Sonata No. 3 is dedicated to the violinist Jacques Thibaud and is based on Beethoven's music.

In addition to his solo violin sonatas, Ysaÿe also composed a number of other works for violin and orchestra, as well as chamber music and piano music. He was also a respected conductor and taught at the Brussels Conservatory. Ysaÿe's contributions to classical music have made him an important figure in the history of violin performance and composition.