Arthur Rubinstein, KBE (January 28, 1887 â€“ December 20, 1982) was a Polish American classical pianist. He received international acclaim for his performances of the music written by a variety of composers and many regard...

Rubinstein was born in Łódź, Congress Poland (part of the Russian Empire for the entire time Rubinstein resided there) on 28 January 1887,...

Rubinstein's birth name was to be Leo, but his eight-year-old brother claimed that "His name must to be Arthur. Since Arthur X (a neighbor's son) plays the violin so nicely, the baby may also...

At the age of two, Rubinstein demonstrated perfect pitch and a fascination with the piano, watching his elder sister's piano lessons. By the age of four, he was recognised as a child prodigy. His father had a predilection for the...

At the age of ten, Rubinstein moved to Berlin to continue his studies, and gave his first performance with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1900, at the age of 13. Joseph Joachim recommended Karl Heinrich Barth as the boy's piano...

In 1904, Rubinstein moved to Paris to launch his career in earnest, where he met the composers Maurice Ravel and Paul Dukas and the violinist Jacques Thibaud. He also played Camille Saint-Saëns'...

Rubinstein made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 1906, and thereafter toured the United States, Austria, Italy, and Russia. According to his own...

During World War I, Rubinstein stayed in London, giving recitals and accompanying the violinist Eugène...

In the autumn of 1919 Rubinstein toured the British provinces with soprano Emma Calvé and tenor...

In 1921 Rubinstein gave two American tours, travelling to New York with Karol Szymanowski and his close friend...

In 1932, the pianist, who stated he neglected his technique in his early years, relying instead on natural talent, withdrew from concert life for several months...

Rubinstein toured the United States again in 1937, his career becoming centered there during the World War II years when he lived in...

Although best known as a recitalist and concerto soloist, Rubinstein was also considered an outstanding chamber musician, partnering with such...

In 1969 Arthur Rubinstein - The Love of Life was released; it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary...

By the mid-1970s, Rubinstein's eyesight had begun to deteriorate. He retired from the stage at age eighty-nine in May 1976, giving his last concert at London's...

Rubinstein, who was fluent in eight languages, held much of the repertoire, not simply that of the piano,...

Rubinstein also had exceptionally developed aural abilities, which allowed him to play whole symphonies in his mind. "At breakfast,...

Rubinstein's autobiography contained two volumes: My Young Years (1973); and My Many Years (1980). Many were displeased...

Of his youth, Rubinstein once said: "It is said of me that when I was young I divided my time impartially among wine, women and song. I deny this categorically....

In addition to fathering a daughter (South American pianist Luli Oswald) with his mistress Paola...

While he was an agnostic, Rubinstein was nevertheless proud of his Jewish heritage. which he visited several times...

Throughout his life, Rubinstein was deeply attached to Poland. At the inauguration of the UN in 1945, Rubinstein showed his Polish patriotism at a concert for the delegates. He began...

Rubinstein was active in supporting charities throughout his life. He performed charity concerts to raise donations for numerous organizations that he had interests in. In...

In his youth, as a natural pianist with a big technique, Rubinstein practiced as little as possible, learning new pieces quickly and without sufficient attention to textual details, relying on his personal charm to conceal the...

Rubinstein was reluctant to teach in his earlier life, refusing to accept William Kapell's request for lessons....

Rubinstein died in his sleep at his home in Geneva, Switzerland, on December 20, 1982, at the age of 95, and his body was cremated. On the first anniversary of his death, an urn holding his ashes was buried...

In October 2007, his family donated to the Juilliard School an extensive collection of original manuscripts, manuscript copies and published...

In 1974, Jan Jacob Bistritzky established the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, held every three years in Israel, intended to promote the careers of young and outstanding pianists. The Arthur Rubinstein Award...

In 1910, Rubinstein recorded Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10 for the Polish Favorit label. The pianist was displeased with the acoustic...

Beginning in 1928, Rubinstein began to record extensively for the Gramophone Company, better known as His Master's Voice in England and...

Rubinstein preferred to record in the studio, and during his lifetime approved for release only about three hours of live recordings. However, since his death, several labels have issued live recordings taken from radio...


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