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Lhevinne, Josef

Born: 1874 AD
Died: 1944 AD
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1874 – Born on December 13th in Oryol, Russia. A piano virtuoso in the Romantic tradition, noted for his masterly technique, sonorous tone, and careful musicianship.

1888 – When he was fourteen, Lhévinne was told that the great pianist and composer Anton Rubinstein was to visit the Conservatory and that he should play for him.

1889 – Lhévinne studied at the Moscow Conservatory, made his debut in Moscow.

1892 – Lhévinne graduated from the Moscow Conservatory with the gold medal.

1895 – Won the coveted Rubinstein Prize.

1896 – He played with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Willem Mengelberg, then made his Paris debut with the Lamoureux Orchestra.

1902-1906 – He was professor of piano at the Moscow Conservatory.

1920 – Lhévinne made his first records for Pathé in America.

1928 – His first recording for Victor was made, the almost infamous disc of Johann Strauss’s waltz An der schönen blauen Donau.

1935-1936 – RCA invited him back to record some of his other famous encore performances.

1944 – Died on December 2nd in New York, New York.

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