Idell Begner passed away Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the age of 95.
She was born in Chicago and at age 17 moved to South Bend, Ind., where she met her future husband, Robert. Playing the violin was Idell’s life. She began playing violin at 7. By 11, she was performing solo. In addition to studying violin at the University of Indiana, Idell studied under the best teachers, including Mischa Mischakoff and Hans Lange.
Idell and Robert married in Spartanburg, S.C., in 1943 and moved to Atlanta around 1945. Idell played for the Emory University Symphony in the early 1970s. They moved to Denver in 1974. While in Denver, Idell played for the Community Arts Symphony, where she regularly played solo performances. Idell was a member of Congregation Shearith Israel, where she did volunteer work.
After the death of Robert in 1983, Idell moved to Los Angeles, then back to Atlanta in 1998. She is survived by her son, Dennis Begner, and two grandchildren, Zachary and Ben.