Arthur Rubinstein

Essential Albums

  • Chopin: Nocturnes

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About Arthur Rubinstein

Widely recognized as one of the greatest pianists of all time, Arthur Rubinstein's career spanned eight decades. ∙ A child prodigy with perfect pitch and a photographic memory, Rubinstein began studying the piano at age three and gave his first public performance at seven. ∙ He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1906, but it was his legendary 1937 concert there that cemented his reputation as a musical genius and worldwide star. ∙ During the ’40s, he contributed piano soundtracks to several films and also appeared as himself in the movies Carnegie Hall and Follow the Boys. ∙ Born in Poland, Rubinstein moved to the US during World War II, became a citizen in 1946, and was awarded the Medal of Freedom 30 years later. ∙ Arthur Rubinstein – The Love of Life, a 1969 film that chronicled his life and illustrious career, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. ∙ Rubinstein’s repertoire included music from Beethoven, Mozart, and Brahms, but he was best-known as a master interpreter of Chopin. ∙ During his lifetime, he completed more than 200 studio recordings. ∙ Rubinstein won 10 Grammy Awards, including a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.

Lódz, Poland
January 28, 1887