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date: 20 January 2021

Brailowsky, Alexander locked

  • Ronald Kinloch Anderson


(b Kiev, Ukraine, Feb 16, 1896; d New York, NY, April 25, 1976). American pianist of Ukrainian birth. He studied with Pukhal′sky at the Kiev Conservatory and in 1911 went to Vienna, where he was a pupil of Theodor Leschetizky. During World War I he had lessons with Ferruccio Busoni in Switzerland, and he made his debut in Paris in 1919. Thereafter he toured widely and in 1924 first appeared in New York. He made coast-to-coast tours in the United States, played in South America, and settled in New York. He continued to visit Europe and gave his first series of recitals of the complete piano works of Chopin in Paris in 1924; he later repeated these there as well as in New York in 1938. On the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s birth in 1960 he again gave his complete piano works in New York and Brussels. Brailowsky’s repertory consisted largely of the works of Romantic composers, particularly Chopin and Liszt, and he was usually regarded as an artist whose approach to pianism was that of a great virtuoso rather than an intellectual....

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