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Dedicated to the colossal pianist Vladimir Horowitz.

Vladimir Horowitz (October 1, 1903 – November 5, 1989)

Renowned among the greatest pianists of all time, Vladimir Horowitz was born on October 1, 1903 in the Ukraine. Despite receiving his first piano lessons from his mother Sophie at the age of five, he initially indicated little interest in performing, instead focusing his energies on composing; in 1912, however, he began studying at the Kiev Conservatory under professors Sergei Tarnovsky and Felix Blumenfeld, later performing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 at his 1919 graduation. Horowitz made his solo debut recital in 1920 and within two years was regularly performing throughout Russia; during the 1924-1925 season, he gave some 70 concerts -- 23 in Leningrad alone -- all to capacity audiences. In the autumn of 1925, Horowitz left Russia to perform in Berlin and Hamburg; while in Paris, American concert manager Arthur Judson proposed a tour of the U.S. He accepted the offer, which allowed an escape from the revolution; however, he never saw his family again.

In 1928, Horowitz made his American debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic under Sir Thomas Beecham; later that year he reprised Piano Concerto No. 3 for Rachmaninov himself, and the two great pianists became close friends, with Horowitz making the first of his three recordings of the piece in 1930. In 1932, he performed for the first time with conductor Arturo Toscanini at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic. They too enjoyed a warm relationship, frequently collaborating in the years to come; in December 1933, Horowitz even married Toscanini's daughter, Wanda. Settling in New York in 1940, Horowitz was soon granted his American citizenship, and during World War II he headlined a number of benefit performances which generated millions of dollars for the war bond effort. At the same time, he also performed at the American premieres of Prokofiev's Sonatas Nos. 6, 7 and 8, and served as a vocal champion of the music of Samuel Barber and Dmitri Kabalevsky.

In 1953, Horowitz announced his retirement from concert performance; he continued recording, however, signing exclusive contract with CBS Masterworks in 1962. Finally, in 1965, he agreed to come back to the stage, delivering his "Historic Return" concert. In 1968, he also agreed to a one-hour concert televised on CBS. On the golden anniversary of his American debut, Horowitz gave his first concerto performance in a quarter century, again returning to Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, now under Eugene Ormandy. In 1982 he gave his first recital in London in over three decades at the request of Prince Charles, and in 1986 he returned to Russia for the first time for sixty years, giving concerts in Moscow and Leningrad. The winner of 15 Grammy awards, Horowitz died of a heart attack on November 5, 1989; his body was buried in the Toscanini family tomb at the Cimitario Monumentale in Milan, Italy.

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  • mildab

    Great pianist his Chopin interpretation is wonderful

    24 mar 2014 Svara
  • AngelOf_Mercy_

    He was the first pianist I watched on TV. It impressed me.

    28 dec 2011 Svara
  • doctorjmo

    love 'em!!!

    18 okt 2011 Svara
  • liturgiafunesta

    grande el maestro

    28 apr 2011 Svara
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    17 apr 2011 Svara
  • Farfab83

    The best pianist ever! No joke.

    14 mar 2011 Svara
  • StLaurentStudio

    Hi , here is the new release of St-Laurent Studio (www.78experience.com) YSL 78-025 HOROWITZ VOL. 1: Rachmaninov - Concerto no. 3 (LSO Albert Coates, 1930) Liszt - Sonata (1932) Rachmaninov - Prelude, opus 23 no. 5 (1931) already available: YSL 78-001 RODZINSKI VOL. 1 YSL 78-002 CORTOT VOL. 1 YSL 78-003 MALKO VOL. 1 YSL 78-004 MEDTNER VOL. 1 YSL 78-005 MEDTNER VOL. 2 YSL 78-006 MEDTNER VOL. 3 YSL 78-007 MEDTNER VOL. 4 (new original cover) YSL 78-008 RUBINSTEIN VOL. 1 (new price $12.99) YSL 78-009 RUBINSTEIN VOL. 2 (new price $12.99) YSL 78-010 E. FISCHER VOL. 1 YSL 78-011 KEMPFF VOL. 1 YSL 78-012 KOUSSEWITZKY VOL. 1 YSL 78-013 E. FISCHER VOL. 2 YSL 78-014 E. FISCHER VOL. 3 YSL 33-015 RICHTER VOL. 1 YSL 33-016 RICHTER VOL. 2 YSL 33-017 ADLER VOL. 1 YSL 33-018 ADLER VOL. 2 YSL 78-020 OPERA VOL. 1 CARMEN YSL 33-021 ADLER VOL. 3 YSL 78-022 LONDON STRING QUARTET YSL 78-023 MEDTNER VOL. 5 YSL 78-024 MEDTNER VOL. 6 Have a nice day! Friendly... Yves

    13 nov 2010 Svara
  • Ulysses101

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq7ncjhSqtk <--- No Words...

    29 mar 2010 Svara
  • dionysis82

    "There are Three Kinds of Pianists - Jewish Pianists, Homosexual Pianists and Bad Pianists." - Vladimir Horowitz (Himself Two out of Three)

    10 jul 2009 Svara
  • calcmandan

    Nice group, hi all.

    15 jun 2009 Svara
  • daslava

    Mr. Piano!

    27 maj 2009 Svara
  • earthfreshcream

    good photo!

    27 maj 2009 Svara
  • Tarkovsky86

    Welcome to "Vladimir Horowitz " group and thanks for joining!

    27 maj 2009 Svara
  • Ulysses101

    I love this man... Thanks Tarkovsky :)

    27 maj 2009 Svara