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Vladimir Horowitz

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A pianist of legendary popularity and stature, Vladimir Horowitz was created in Kiev, Ukraine. His mom, herself a specialist pianist, supplied his initial instruction on the piano and was the first ever to recognize his incredible talents; he researched further on the Kiev Conservatory. His initial open public appearance was a recital in Kiev on, may 30, 1920, and in 1922 he provided some 15 concerts in Kharkov that he was paid in meals and clothes. Although Russia was still reeling through the trend of 1917, Horowitz designed successful concert travels in major metropolitan areas such as for example Moscow, Leningrad, and Kiev — marking the start of a performing profession of unflagging and magnificent success. His 1st international appearance was included with his 1926 visit to Berlin, immediately after which adopted concerts in Paris, London, and NY. Further appearances in america solidified his status as a fantastic virtuoso, and the united states which was to be his adopted house embraced him warmly. He was asked to the White colored House to try out for Chief executive Hoover in 1931, and in 1933 he wedded Wanda Toscanini — the child of the popular conductor Arturo Toscanini, who soon carry out Horowitz and the brand new York Philharmonic Orchestra in shows from the Beethoven piano concertos. Horowitz completely settled in america in 1940 and accomplished citizenship in 1944. Wanda Toscanini assumed a mild stewardship of her fresh husband, who was simply in delicate physical and psychological health. Frequently seized with an irrational concern with failure, Horowitz discovered the life span of touring intimidating to his equilibrium. He withdrew from your concert stage for a number of intervals during his existence, and produced only rare looks after 1970. When Horowitz do routine a concert, it frequently required the persuasive capabilities of his wife and close friends to maintain him from canceling in the last second. His nagging, and frequently overpowering, insecurity led him to get surprise therapy in 1973, but though he appeared to accomplish some reap the benefits of treatment, he was by no means free of stress when playing in public areas. The one exclusion to this pattern was when he made an appearance as accompanist to some other designer, which he frequently do with baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, and violinist Isaac Stern. Due to his lengthy absences from your concert stage, Horowitz’s recognition was largely suffered by his recordings. Possibly the most significant solitary event in Horowitz’s very long profession was his long-overdue go back to the Soviet Union (his initial since his departure within the 1920s) for some concerts in 1986. The causing tour became a significant politics event, coinciding since it do with a time of brand-new understanding between your United States as well as the Soviet Union, and it resonated powerfully with Soviet viewers. Revitalized with the Soviet tour, Horwowitz agreed upon a new agreement with Sony; the agreement included procedures for documenting him in the home on his favorite piano. He produced his last such documenting on November 1, 1989; on November 5 he passed away of an enormous heart attack. Being a performer, Horowitz acquired huge sources of swiftness and power, along with a clean articulation. His shows were brilliant, interesting, and frequently mystifying to those that discovered his technique enigmatic (he performed, for example, with unusually direct fingertips, laying them almost flat in the tips). Though his shows were regularly criticized for his or her willfulness and self-indulgent character, there is an undeniable charisma to his playing that endeared him to many everyone who noticed him.

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Full Name Vladimir Horowitz
Died November 5, 1989, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Pianist, Teacher, Composer
Education Petro Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine
Nationality American, Russian
Spouse Wanda Toscanini Horowitz
Children Sonia Toscanini Horowitz
Parents Sophie Horowitz, Simeon Horowitz
Siblings Regina Horowitz
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Award for Best Classical Album, Grammy Hall of Fame, Wolf Prize in Arts, Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra), Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra), Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance – Instrumental Soloist or Soloists, List of recipients of the National Medal of Arts, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Classical Program - Performing Arts
Albums Horowitz in Moscow, Horowitz Plays Liszt, Horowitz plays Mozart, Vladimir Horowitz / Scarlatti, Horowitz plays Sergei Rachmaninoff, Horowitz plays Scriabin, Horowitz at the Met, Vladimir Horowitz: Schumann, Horowitz in London, Horowitz Recital, Horowitz: A Reminiscence, Chopin Piano Music, The Sound Of Horowitz, Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 K.488; Piano Sonata K.333, The Legendary Berlin Concert, Horowitz plays Clementi, Horowitz Plays Chopin, Vol. 2, Horowitz Plays Scriabin (Remastered), Mozart Piano Sonatas, 25th Anniversary of his American Debut (Carnegie Hall, Feb.1953), Horowitz: The Last Romantic, Piano Recital, Schubert Sonata In B Flat, Scarlatti: Sonates (Mono Version), The Horowitz Concerts 1978/79, Liszt Piano Works, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky, The London Recordings (1932-1936), Columbia Records Presents Vladimir Horowitz, A Chopin Recital, Vladimir Horowitz - Horowitz at home, Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings 1966-1983, Schumann - Horowitz, Vladimir Horowitz: Last of the Romantics, L'Art Du Piano, Horowitz: Favorite Chopin, Vol. II, Chopin: Ballade No. 1 (Mono Version), Chopin: 3 Mazurkas (Mono Version), Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 30 Nos. 3 & 4 (Mono Version), Prokofiev: Toccata, Op. 11 - Scriabin: Étude, Op. 2 No. 1 (Mono Version), Scriabine/Moussorgsky/Clementi: Piano Music, Chopin: Polonaise, Barcarolle, Ballade, Vladimir Horowitz, Vol. 3 (1932, 1942, 1946), Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor (Chopin, Schumann, Debussy), Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3, Beethoaven Concerto No 5, Piotr Iliych Tchaikovsky: Concertos for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 & No. 3 / Sergei Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.3 in D Minor Op. 30, Brahms: Sonate pour violon et piano No. 3 (Mono Version), Horowitz Plays Chopin: Vol. 1, Vladimir Horowitz on Radio - The Radio Years, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas


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1 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1680 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
2 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 431-433. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
3 The fund-raising concert performance that he gave in 1943 of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "1st Piano Concerto", with Arturo Toscanini conducting, was eventually released on records and CD, and has long been one of Horowitz's most treasured performances.
4 He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1989 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
5 He is the most famous interpreter of Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Third Piano Concerto" (popularly known now as the "Rach Third"). He and Rachmaninov were best friends, and Rachmaninov stopped playing the concerto himself when he heard Horowitz play it. Horowitz recorded it three times.
6 He left Russia in 1925 and did not return until his trip to Moscow in 1986. He became an American citizen on December 14, 1945.
7 He is considered by many to be the greatest pianist of the twentieth century.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Horowitz Plays Mozart 1987 Documentary music: "Piano Concerto No.23 in A Major"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Horowitz Plays Mozart 1987 Documentary Pianist
Vladimir Horowitz Piano Recital From the Musikverein in Vienna 1987 TV Movie Himself (pianist)
CBS News Sunday Morning 1986 TV Series documentary Himself
Horowitz in Moscow 1986 TV Movie documentary Maestro
Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic 1985 TV Movie documentary Pianist
Horowitz in London: A Royal Concert 1982 TV Movie documentary Himself
Horowitz: Live! 1978 TV Movie Himself
Horowitz at the White House 1978 TV Special Pianist
Vladimir Horowitz: A Television Concert at Carnegie Hall 1968 TV Movie Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
60 Minutes 2006-2012 TV Series documentary Himself - Piano Virtuoso / Himself (segment "The Entertainers")
U2: Window in the Skies 2007 Video short Himself
The Art of Piano 1999 Video documentary Himself
Great Performances 1993 TV Series Himself
60 Minutes: The Entertainers 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Carnegie Hall at 100: A Place of Dreams 1991 Video documentary Himself
Toscanini: The Maestro 1985 Documentary Himself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1967 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Classical Program in the Performing Arts Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic (1985) · Peter Gelb (executive producer)
· Susan Froemke (producer)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1982 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Classical Program in the Performing Arts Horowitz in London: A Royal Concert (1982) · Peter Gelb (producer)
· John Vernon (producer)
1969 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety or Musical Program Vladimir Horowitz: A Television Concert at Carnegie Hall (1968) · Roger Englander (producer)


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