Isaac Stern (Ukrainian: Ісаак Стерн, Russian: Исаа́к Штерн; 21 July 1920 – 22 September 2001) was a Soviet-born violinist and conductor. He was renowned for his recordings and for discovering new musical talent. In 1940, Stern began performing with Russian-born pianist Alexander Zakin, collaborating until 1977. Within musical circles, Stern became renowned both for his recordings and for championing certain younger players. Among his discoveries were cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Jian Wang, and violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman. In the 1960s, he also played a major role in saving New York City's Carnegie Hall from demolition, which later named its main auditorium in his honor.