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Alfred Brendel (born January 5, 1931) is an Austrian pianist, born in Czechoslovakia. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest classical pianists of the second half of the 20th century.

Brendel was born in Vízmberk, Czechoslovakia, now Loučná nad Desnou Czech Republic, to a non-musical family. They moved to Zagreb when Brendel was six, and later to Graz, where they lived during World War II, towards the end of which the 14 year old Brendel was sent to… read more

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  • Avatar for SirianKnight
    I have FINALLY found out how Brendel became the great pianist he is!! Could never find out anything about how he got started! To be 'largely self taught' and to have reached the level he has is truly amazing. LOVE his playing and his quirky intelect!...his poetry is truly amazing! He also likes strange native masks and odd people...
  • Avatar for luckystoned
    cool stuff!
  • Avatar for luckystoned
    cool stuff!
  • Avatar for SixthElephant
    Death to all "Für Elise" listeners [2]
  • Avatar for ativke
    schubert blows my mind. 4D music.
  • Avatar for aaammmiiinnn
    Schubert impromptu 90/2 = tears
  • Avatar for VolcanoColdplay
    Death to all "Für Elise" listeners!!
  • Avatar for Jhaidinszaev
    Hmm. He's still alive? I guess I can bump him from "second-ish favourite pianist, maybe 1.5th" to "favourite living pianist" then -- the No. 2 spot never seemed quite fair.
  • Avatar for keisuh
    Genius, all time my favourite along with Mitsuko Uchida.
  • Avatar for Balandon
    he's still on fire! 79 and keep burning stages! Great man

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