Violinist Plays Mozart During Her Own Brain Surgery

“A monumental event took place on Monday in the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) operating room. Naomi Elishuv, a professional violinist formerly with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Givatayim Conservatorium of Music (in greater Tel Aviv), granted the surgical team a private performance while undergoing deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery to suppress her essential tremor symptoms, a condition from which she has been suffering for 20 years.” Read the whole story at unitedwithisrael.org

“My greatest love was playing the violin, but unfortunately, until today, I have had to make do with teaching.

My tremor prevented me from playing professionally, and this was very difficult for a woman such as myself, who was used to playing her entire life,” Elishuv explained before entering the operating room.