- Raymond Holden
Nelsova, Zara (1917–2002), cellist, was born on 24 December 1917 (though some sources give 23 December 1918) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, one of four children of Gregor Nelsov, a flautist of Russian Jewish descent. She was raised in the Jewish faith.
Nelsova was a child prodigy who began cello lessons with her father at the age of four. Because of her age and size, she was unable to use a full-size instrument and learned initially on a viola that was modified to simulate a cello. Known for part of her childhood by the Anglicized version of her name, ...