35 Facts About Arthur Rubinstein


Arthur Rubinstein is widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of all time.

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Arthur Rubinstein received international acclaim for his performances of the music written by a variety of composers and many regard him as one of the greatest Chopin interpreters of his time.

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Artur Arthur Rubinstein was born in Lodz, Congress Poland on 28 January 1887, to a Jewish family.

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Arthur Rubinstein was the youngest of seven children of Felicja Blima Fajga and Izaak Rubinstein.

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Arthur Rubinstein's United States impresario Sol Hurok insisted he be billed as Artur, and records were released in the West under both versions of his name.

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At age two, Arthur Rubinstein demonstrated absolute pitch and a fascination with the piano, watching his elder sister's piano lessons.

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Arthur Rubinstein's father had a predilection for the violin and offered Rubinstein a violin; but Rubinstein rejected it because he thought his instinct was for harmony and polyphony.

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When he became ten years of age, Arthur Rubinstein moved to Berlin to continue his studies, and gave his first performance with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1900, at the age of 13.

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In 1904, Arthur 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.

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Arthur Rubinstein played Camille Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No 2 in the presence of the composer.

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

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Arthur Rubinstein was the dedicatee of Manuel de Falla's Fantasia Betica, Villa-Lobos's Rudepoema and Stravinsky's Trois mouvements de Petrouchka.

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

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

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

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Arthur Rubinstein appeared, as himself, in the films Carnegie Hall and Of Men and Music.

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Arthur Rubinstein recorded much of the core piano repertoire, particularly that of the Romantic composers.

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Arthur Rubinstein was one of the earliest champions of Spanish and South American composers, as well as French composers of the early 20th century .

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Arthur Rubinstein retired from the stage at age 89 in May 1976, giving his last concert at London's Wigmore Hall, where he had first played nearly 70 years before.

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Arthur Rubinstein, who was fluent in eight languages, held much of the repertoire in his formidable memory.

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Arthur Rubinstein described his memory as photographic, to the extent that he would visualize an errant coffee stain while recalling a score.

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

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Arthur Rubinstein's autobiography contained two volumes: My Young Years ; and My Many Years .

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Arthur Rubinstein was a great friend of Israel, which he visited several times with his wife and children, giving concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, recitals, and master classes at the Jerusalem Music Centre.

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In 1949, Arthur Rubinstein—who lost family members in the Holocaust—along with other prominent musicians announced that he would not appear with the Chicago Symphony if it engaged the conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler, who had remained in Germany during the war and who had performed a symphony for Hitler's birthday.

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At the inauguration of the United Nations in 1945, Arthur Rubinstein showed his Polish patriotism at a concert for the delegates.

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Arthur Rubinstein began the concert by stating his deep disappointment that the conference did not have a delegation from Poland.

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Arthur Rubinstein stopped playing the piano, told the audience to stand up, including the Soviets, and played the Polish national anthem loudly and slowly, repeating the final part in a great thunderous forte.

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Arthur Rubinstein performed charity concerts to raise donations for numerous organizations which interested him.

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Arthur Rubinstein stated that he did not want his children to see him as a second-rater, so he began in the summer of 1934 to restudy his entire repertoire.

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

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Arthur Rubinstein died in his sleep at his home in Geneva, Switzerland, on 20 December 1982, at the age of 95.

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In 1910, Arthur Rubinstein recorded Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No 10 for the Polish Favorit label.

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However, Arthur Rubinstein made numerous player piano music rolls for the Aeolian Duo-Art system and the American Piano Company in the 1920s.

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Arthur Rubinstein preferred to make studio recordings and during his lifetime approved for release only around three hours of live recordings.

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