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Vladimir Horowitz

Knowledge Identifier: +Vladimir_Horowitz


Vladimir Horowitz

American classical pianist and composer add

Category: Music (650)

Born in 1903.

Countries: (25%), United States (18%), Russia (16%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Sergei Rachmaninoff, Carnegie Hall, CBS

Linked to: London Symphony Orchestra, McGill-Queen's University Press, Victor Talking Machine Company, CBS




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Horowitz was born in 1903, but in order to make him appear too young for military service so as not to risk damaging his hands, his father took a year off his son's age by claiming he was born in 1904 add something


Vladimir Horowitz was born in 1903 add something


The 1904 date appeared in many reference works during the pianist's lifetime add something


Nina Koshetz - In the late 1910s she performed at the Petrograd Conservatory and was accompanied by then-unknown Vladimir Horowitz


In 1912 he entered the Kiev Conservatory, where he was taught by Vladimir Puchalsky, Sergei Tarnowsky, and Felix Blumenfeld add something


Alexander Uninsky - He initially studied piano there in the conservatory which had been opened in 1913, and whose other graduates included Vladimir Horowitz and Alexander Brailowsky


Sergei Tarnowsky - He become piano professor at the Kiev Conservatory, where he taught Vladimir Horowitz and was his only teacher from the years 1914 to 1919


Felix Blumenfeld - From 1918 to 1922, he was the director of the Music-drama school of M.Lysenko in Kiev , where, amongst others, Vladimir Horowitz was a pupil in his masterclasses


His first solo recital was in Kharkiv in 1920 add something


Artur Schnabel - Among other works that he played, as recalled by those such as Claudio Arrau and Vladimir Horowitz, who had heard Schnabel in the 1920s, were Chopin's E minor Piano Concerto and the Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, and Weber's "Konzertstück in F minor", Piano Sonata No. 2, and "Invitation to the Dance"


Nathan Milstein - Milstein met Vladimir Horowitz and his pianist sister Regina in 1921 when he played a recital in Kiev


In December 1925, Horowitz crossed the border into the West, ostensibly to study with Artur Schnabel in Berlin add something


On December 18, 1925, Horowitz made his first appearance outside his home country, in Berlin add something


In 1926, Horowitz performed on several piano rolls at the Welte-Mignon studios in Freiburg, Germany add something


Horowitz was selected by Soviet authorities to represent Ukraine in the inaugural 1927 International Chopin Piano Competition; however, the pianist had decided to stay in the West and thus did not participate add something


His first gramophone recordings were made in the United States in 1928 for Victor add something


Horowitz gave his United States debut on January 12, 1928, in Carnegie Hall add something


Sergei Rachmaninoff - In addition to Chaliapin, he befriended pianist Vladimir Horowitz in 1928.


Jacob Eisenberg (musician) - Eisenberg interviewed Vladimir Horowitz on his first trip to the United States in January 1928


London Symphony Orchestra - Horowitz's first European recording, in 1930, was of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Albert Coates and the London Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere recording of that piece add something


Piano Concerto No. 3 (Rachmaninoff) - Nevertheless, it was not until the 1930s and largely thanks to the advocacy of Vladimir Horowitz that the Third concerto became popular


Many consider Horowitz's first recording of the Liszt Sonata in 1932 to be the definitive reading of that piece, after over 75 years and over 100 performances committed to disc by other pianists add something


In 1933, he played for the first time with the conductor Arturo Toscanini in a performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" add something


In 1933, in a civil ceremony, Horowitz married Toscanini's daughter Wanda add something


Through 1936, Horowitz continued to make recordings for HMV of solo piano repertoire, including his famous 1932 account of Liszt's Sonata in B minor add something


Horowitz settled in the U. S. in 1939, and became an American citizen in 1944 add something


Beginning in 1940, Horowitz's recording activity was again concentrated in the US. That year, he recorded Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, and in 1941, the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, both with the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Toscanini add something


In 1940, with the composer's consent, Horowitz created his own performance edition of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Sonata from the 1913 original and 1931 revised versions, which pianists including Ruth Laredo and Hélène Grimaud subsequently used add something


In the 1940s, Horowitz began seeing a psychiatrist add something


Excursions (Barber) - In July 1944, Vladimir Horowitz had been interested in performing works by an American composer


Valery Zhelobinsky - From his numerous piano works, the 'Six short études' were introduced to the United States by Vladimir Horowitz and were published there in 1946


Constance Keene - In 1946, she stood in for Vladimir Horowitz when he was unavailable for a concert, and she claimed she was the only female pianist to have ever been given this honour


During Horowitz's second retirement, which began in 1953, he made a series of recordings in his New York townhouse, including LPs of Scriabin and Clementi add something


The "Second Rhapsody" was recorded in 1953, during Horowitz's 25th anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall, and he stated that it was the most difficult of his arrangements add something


Horowitz's first stereo recording, made in 1959, was devoted to Beethoven piano sonatas add something


In 1959, RCA Victor issued the live 1943 performance of the Tchaikovsky concerto with Horowitz and Toscanini; it is generally considered superior to the commercial recording, and it was selected for the Grammy Hall of Fame add something


In 1962, Horowitz embarked on a series of acclaimed recordings for Columbia Records add something


The most famous are his 1965 return concert at Carnegie Hall and a 1968 recording from his television special, "Vladimir Horowitz: a Concert at Carnegie Hall", televised by CBS add something


He made his television debut in a concert taped at Carnegie Hall on February 1, 1968, and broadcast nationwide by CBS on September 22 of that year add something


Horowitz continued making studio recordings, including a 1969 recording of Schumann's "Kreisleriana", which was awarded the Prix Mondial du Disque add something


In 1975, Horowitz returned to RCA and made live recordings until 1982 add something


Mstislav Rostropovich - From 1977 until 1994, he was musical director and conductor of the U.S. National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, while still performing with some of the most famous musicians such as Martha Argerich, Sviatoslav Richter, Daniel Shidarov and Vladimir Horowitz


Eugene Ormandy - In 1978, he conducted the New York Philharmonic in a performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, with Vladimir Horowitz as soloist for a live recording


Horowitz returned to coaching in the 1980s, working with Murray Perahia, who already had an established career, and Eduardus Halim add something


In the 1980 edition of "Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians", Michael Steinberg wrote that Horowitz "illustrates that an astounding instrumental gift carries no guarantee about musical understanding add something


Murray Perahia - In the 1980s, Perahia was invited to work with Vladimir Horowitz, an admirer of his art


In 1982, Horowitz began using prescribed anti-depressant medications; there are reports that he was drinking alcohol as well add something


The pianist's 1983 performances in the United States and Japan were marred by memory lapses and a loss of physical control add something


By 1985, Horowitz, no longer taking medication or drinking alcohol, returned to concertizing and recording and was back on form add something


He signed with Deutsche Grammophon in 1985, and made studio and live recordings until 1989, including his only recording of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 add something


In 1986, Horowitz announced that he would return to the Soviet Union for the first time since 1925 to give recitals in Moscow and Leningrad add something


Four documentary films featuring Horowitz were made during this time, including the telecast of his April 20, 1986 Moscow recital add something


John Boswell Maver - Returning to Britain in 1986, Maver resumed his career with a performance of his "Toccata Australis", a substantial work which has been well praised by many international pianists including Vladimir Horowitz, Nelson Friere, and Shura Cherkassky


CBS - In April 1986, CBS presented a slightly abbreviated version of "Horowitz in Moscow", a live piano recital by Vladimir Horowitz, arguably the greatest pianist of the 20th century


Horowitz's final tour took place in Europe in the spring of 1987 add something


His final recital, in Hamburg, Germany, took place on June 21, 1987 add something

Vladimir Horowitz died in 1989 add something


Vladimir Horowitz died on November 5, 1989 in New York City of a heart attack, aged 86 add something


"'Grammy Lifetime Achievement award, 1990"' add something


A video recording of one of his last public recitals, "Horowitz in Vienna", was released in 1991 add something


Schonberg, 1992 was an American classical pianist and composer add something


Henriette Gaertner - From 2001 until 2005 Henriette Gärtner studied at the "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola with Leonid Margarius, pupil of Vladimir Horowitz' sister Regina


In an article in "The New York Times" in September 2013, Kenneth Leedom, an assistant of Horowitz for five years before 1955, laid claim to having been in a closeted relationship with him as his lover, saying, "We had a wonderful life together add something