Renowned jazz violinist. Stephane Grappelli was born on January 26, 1908, in Paris, where by the age of 15 he was playing the violin in the streets, at restaurants, and with a theater pit band. In 1934, at a cafe in southern France, he encountered the Belgian gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt. Within a few months the two had added two rhythm guitarists and a bass player to form the "Quintet of the Hot Club of France." The group was an instantaneous sensation. Although Django had burned his left hand severely in a caravan fire when he was 18, leaving two fingers virtually paralyzed, he was a brilliant guitarist. Grappelli shared with Reinhardt a talent for conveying a great variety of moods and emotions with his instrument. They co-wrote much of the material they played (such as Minor Swing, Swing 39 and Djangology). Although Django died in 1953, Stephane's career spanned 60 years, performing past his 88th birthday and leaving behind over 100 recordings, including collaborations with violinist Sir Yehudi Menuhin and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He died in Paris on December 1, 1997.