1903 – Born in Chillán, Chile on the 6th of February.
1918 – He made a major European tour, giving concertos accompanied by illustrious conductors such as Nikisch, Furtwängler, and Mengelberg.
1921 – He returned to South America, and made a triumphal tour beginning in Santiago de Chile.
1924 – He made his first North American tour, appearing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
– He joined the faculty of the Stern Conservatory.
1927 – He won the Grand Prix Internationale des Pianistes in Geneva.
1929 – Toured in the Soviet Union.
1930 – He continued a notable concertizing career.
– He played the complete keyboard works of J.S. Bach followed by the complete keyboard works of Mozart.
1938 – He played all of the Beethoven piano sonatas and five piano concertos in a series of recitals in Mexico City, and repeated the feat during the next two years in Buenos Aires and Santiago.
1952 – He performed such a series, in which each recital was broadcast live by the BBC.
1960 – He made definitive recordings of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas.
1970 – Chile, which had enjoyed a record as one of South America’s most democratic nations, fell to the military government of Pinochet.
1978 – In protest, Arrau gave up his Chilean citizenship, and became a naturalized citizen of the U.S.
1983 – He was awarded the Chilean National Arts Prize.
1984 – He returned at the age of 81 to tour Chile, his first performances there in 17 years.
1991 – He died in Mürzzuschlag, Austria, on the 9th of June.