Arthur Rubinstein, KBE (January 28, 1887 â€“ December 20, 1982) was a Polish American classical...

Rubinstein was born in Łódź, Congress Poland (part of the Russian Empire for the entire time Rubinstein resided there) on January 28, 1887, to a Jewish family. He was the youngest of seven children of...

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...

At the age of two, Rubinstein demonstrated perfect pitch and a fascination with the piano, watching his elder...

At the age of ten, Rubinstein moved to Berlin to continue his studies, and gave his first performance with the Berlin...

In 1904, Rubinstein moved to Paris to launch his career in earnest, where he met the composers Maurice...

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 testimony and...

During World War I, Rubinstein stayed in London, giving recitals and accompanying the violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. In 1916 and 1917, he made his first tours in Spain and South America where he was wildly acclaimed. It was during...

Rubinstein was disgusted by Germany's conduct during the war and never played there again. His last performance...

Rubinstein toured the United States again in 1937, his career becoming centered there during the World War II years when he lived in Brentwood, California. He became a naturalized American citizen in...

During his time in California, Rubinstein provided the piano soundtrack for several films, including Song of Love with Katharine...

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

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 Wigmore Hall, where he had first played nearly seventy...

Rubinstein, who was fluent in eight languages, According to his memoirs, he learned César...

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

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

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 Medici del Vascello, who was an Italian marchioness (née Princess Paola di Viggiano), he may have been...

Though he and Nela never divorced, in 1977, at age 90, he left her for Annabelle Whitestone, then 33 years...

While he was an agnostic, Rubinstein was nevertheless proud of his Jewish heritage. He was a great...

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...

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 1961, he performed ten...

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...

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

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,...

In October 2007, his family donated to the Juilliard School an extensive collection of original manuscripts, manuscript copies and published editions that had been seized by...

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...

In 1910, Rubinstein recorded Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10 for the Polish Favorit label. The pianist was displeased with the acoustic recording process, saying it made the piano sound "like a banjo" and...

Beginning in 1928, Rubinstein began to record extensively for the Gramophone Company, better known as His Master's Voice in England and then RCA Victor in the USA, making a large number of...

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...


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