Toscha Seidel (November 17, 1899 – November 15, 1962) was a Russian virtuoso violinist, born in Odessa. A student of Leopold Auer in St. Petersburg, Seidel became known for a lush, romantic tone and unique and free rubato. In the 1930s he emigrated to the United States, making his way to Hollywood where he made a career in the studios of motion pictures. He was featured (as soloist) in several Hollywood productions, including the movies Intermezzo, Apomethe,  and Melody for Three . He was also an avid chess player (like Mischa Elman).