Pianist Cecile Licad-last seen at the Kennedy Center in the company of conductor Mstislav Rostropovich and pianist Rudolf Serkin
many years back-returned to the same venue for an evening of Chopin and Buencamino and got a rousing standing ovation on June 17.
As it turned out, not only did the first movement of the F minor concerto help her pass her auditions at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was accepted without reservation and where she trained under Bohemian-born pianist Rudolf Serkin
, American conductor Seymour Lipkin, and Polish-American pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski, it was also her debut piece with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Bombay-born conductor Zubin Mehta a few years later, in 1981.
Your CVs mention that you studied under the guidance of such legendary pianists as Rudolf Serkin
and Paul Badura-Skoda.
During his half-century teaching career, his students included some of the biggest names in 20th Century classical music: Herbert von Karajan, Rudolf Serkin
, Erich Leinsdorf, Artur Rodzinski, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein and Marlene Dietrich.
For instance, while home on a summer break from college, I continued my study of Beethoven's Waldstein sonata with a splendid pianist, a recent Curtis graduate and student of Rudolf Serkin
. Fie had many useful fingerings and tips on improving facility.
The Globe and Mail music critic Ken Winters, as usual, wrote it best: In its combination of rhythmic acuity, constant awareness of structural direction, crystalline clarity of chording, embellishments and trills, and in its just balance of intellect and passion, Biss's performance recalled the Beethovenian integrity and enlightenment of the great Rudolf Serkin
, all newly minted in Biss's youth.
Recorded in Boston's historic Symphony Hall in the early 1980s, these performances bring together the great Bohemia-born Russian-Jewish pianist Rudolf Serkin
and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, long described as "an aristocrat among orchestras", under Seiji Ozawa, midway through a principal conductorship which some eventually considered as having endured too long.
Ossip Gabrilowitsch's first name is given here as "Osspi." The wife of pianist Eugene List was Carroll Glenn, not "Glen." Rudolf Serkin
(born 1903) is described as a "Czech pianist," but Czechoslovakia did not exist then; Serkin was born in a Germanspeaking region of Bohemia.
As a duo, the latter often performed with pianist Rudolf Serkin
, who was twenty years younger and had married his daughter."
Even more numerous among Jews than famous violinists are famous pianists: Artur Schnabel, Arthur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Wanda Landowska (a harpsichordist but also a pianist), Rudolf Serkin
, Murray Perahia, Andras Schiff, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Evgeny Kissin--again, I have named only a few.
In expla ining what makes Bleckman so special, Osgood quotes pianist Rudolf Serkin
: "'You don't play the piano with your fingers, you play with your heart,' and the same [is true] for the camera."
Listen to Rudolf Serkin
play the great B-flat piano sonata, varying his touch with every breath, and you will hear not anarchy but imagination.