Artur Rubinstein


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Polish-born US pianist, who had one of the longest performing careers of any musician.

Born in Warsaw, he became a child prodigy, studying under Joseph Joachim, Heinrich Barth, and Max Bruch. He made his Berlin debut playing the Mozart A major concerto in 1900, at the age of twelve, causing a considerable sensation. Thereafter he studied briefly with Paderewski and toured extensively in Europe, the USA (1906), and South America (1916–17). After his marriage in 1932, Rubinstein retired from the concert platform for a period of renewed study of his technique and repertoire. He became a US citizen in 1946 and for the next thirty years carried out numerous concert tours, playing concertos and chamber music and making numerous recordings, including the complete works of Chopin and three cycles of the Beethoven concertos. He gave his final London concert in 1976, at the age of eighty-eight. A man of great charm and wit, he was frequently interviewed on television and he also wrote two volumes of autobiography, My Young Years (1973) and My Many Years (1980).

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