From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Pablo Martín Melitón de Sarasate y Navascués (10 march 1844 - 20 september 1908) was a Spanish violinist and composer of the Romantic period. He began studying the violin with his father at the age of five and later took lessons from a local teacher. His musical talent became evident early on and he appeared in his first public concert in A Coruña at the age of eight. His performance was well-received, and caught the attention of a wealthy patron who provided the funding for Sarasate to study under Manuel Rodríguez Saez in Madrid, where he gained the favor of Queen Isabella II. Later, as his abilities developed, he was sent to study under Jean-Delphin Alard at the Paris Conservatoire at the age of twelve. There, at seventeen, Sarasate entered a competition for the Premier Prix and won his first prize, the Conservatoire's highest honour...
In the Sherlock Holmes stories
- In St. James's Hall, Watson saw Holmes so enwrapped in the music, he felt that an evil time might be coming upon those whom Holmes had set himself to hunt down. (REDH, 353)