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Alfred Brendel

January 5, 1931 – present Born – Wiesenberg, Czechoslovakia Alfred Brendel, pianist, writer, and painter, is for the most part a self taught musician. What formal training he did have was early on while living in Graz with local teachers

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Claudio Arrau

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Feb 6, 1903 – June 9, 1991 Born – Chillán, Chile Claudio ArrauOver the course of his 80 year career, Claudio Arrau, had become a piano legend during his lifetime. The London Sunday Times wrote “One regards him as a

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Clara Schumann

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Clara Schumann (September 13, 1819 – May 20, 1896) Born – Leipzig, Germany Clara Schuman is considered to be one of the greatest pianist of the Romantic Era having established her extensive concert touring career at the early age of

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Benno Moiseiwitsch

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Feb 22, 1890 – April 9 1963 Born – Odessa, Ukraine Benno MoiseivitschBenno Moiseiwitsch began his piano training at the age of 7 at the Imperial Music Academy in Odessa. His progress was so rapid that he won the Anton

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Artur Schnabel

Artur Schnabel

April 17, 1882 – August 15, 1951 Born – Lipnik, Moravia Artur Schnabel enjoyed a very successful career as a concert pianist, teacher, and composer. As a pianist, Schnabel departed from the Romanticist tradition of playing to pursue his ideals

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Artur Rubinstein

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Jan 28, 1887 – Dec 20, 1982 Born – Poland Artur RubinsteinArtur Rubinstein’s career as a concert pianist lasted for more than 80 years. Throughout his career he performed both as a soloist and chamber musician, most notably with “The

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Anton Rubinstein

Anton Rubinstein

November 28, 1830 – November 20, 1894 Born – Russia Nicknamed “Van II” (the heir to Beethoven) by Liszt, the “Michelangelo of Music” by Hans Von Bulow, and the “Hercules of the Piano” by Ludwig Rellstab, and the “Spiritual Father”

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Annie Fisher

Annie Fischer

July 5, 1914 – April 10, 1995 Born – Hungary, Budapest Annie Fischer was a child prodigy, making her debut at the age of 10. She studied piano at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, with Ernst von Dohnanyi. At

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Alfred Cortot

Alfred Cortot

Sept 16, 1877 – June 15, 1962) Born – Nyon, Switzerland Renowned for his Romantic interpretations, particularly of Chopin, Cortot was hailed as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. Cortot studied at the Paris Conservatory with Emile

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