Jan Kubelik was born in 1880 and died in 1940. His father was an amateur violinist who taught him how to play. By age five, young Jan was found to have talent and received professional lessons. He’s said to have practiced 10-12 hours a day until his fingers bled. His efforts paid off. By the age of eighteen he was touring as a soloist in London and Vienna, and by twenty-one he toured the U.S. Some of his recordings are said to have contributed to the success of the gramophone.
In 1903 he married a countess and had eight children with her, all became violinists.