Gregor Piatigorsky


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Piatigorsky, Gregor

 

(Grigorii Pavlovich Piatigorskii). Born Apr. 17, 1903, in Ekaterinoslav, now Dnepropetrovsk; died Aug. 6, 1976, in New York. American cellist.

Piatigorsky studied with A. E. Glen at the Moscow Conservatory from 1914 to 1920. From 1919 to 1921 he was a soloist with the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater ballet. He was also a member of the V. I. Lenin Quartet. From 1921, Piatigorsky lived in Germany, where he played in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (1925–29). From the end of 1929 he worked in the USA.

Piatigorsky performed in many countries and played under many conductors, with many orchestras, and in various ensembles with outstanding musicians, including S. V. Rachmaninoff, A. Schnabel, C. Flesch, J. Heifetz, and A. Rubinstein. From 1941 to 1949 he was a member of the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and from 1957 he taught at Boston University. He gave the premiere performances of many contemporary works, including compositions dedicated to him by I. F. Stravinsky, P. Hindemith, and S. S. Prokofiev. In 1962 and 1966, Piatigorsky was a member of the jury of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow.

L. S. GINZBURO

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Maisky has the distinction of being the only cellist in the world to have studied under both Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky.
We also relish all three string concertos: Jascha Heifetz soloist in the Violin Concerto, Walton conducting the Philharmonia; Yuri Bashmet joining Previn and the LSO for the Viola Concerto; Gregor Piatigorsky a grainy, eloquent soloist in the wonderful Cello Concerto, recorded with Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra soon after they premiered the work in 1957.
The list of musicians who have played a role in Stern's life and consequently appear in this book reads like a who's who of great twentieth-century soloists, ranging from Pablo Casals, Alexander Schneider, Jascha Heifetz, and Gregor Piatigorsky, through David Oistrakh, Leonard Rose, Eugene Istomin, and Jean-Pierre Rampal, to Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Midori.
We see that from the time he was a student Mischakoff worked with such significant musicians as Sergei Prokofiev, Alexander Glazunov, Gregor Piatigorsky, Jascha Heifetz, and Nathan Milstein.
In his early years he played chamber music with Pablo Casals, Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, Gregor Piatigorsky and Efrem Zimbalist.
While studying with the great Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky in California he was chosen to perform chamber music with Jascha Heifitz in the informal recitals Piatigorsky held at his home.
Among the fillers of Brahms, Beethoven and Schumann (Kinderszenen solo piano music) comes the G minor Cello Sonata of Beethoven, Gregor Piatigorsky (who was to premiere Walton's Cello Concerto) the imperious soloist.
At Longy, Reiner-Williams will study for her master's in music performance with Terry King, who was a protege and assistant to the legendary cellist and teacher Gregor Piatigorsky at the University of Southern California.
The Walton Cello Concerto, performed on this disc by the great Gregor Piatigorsky, is from the 1957 British premiere of the work by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with Sir Malcolm Sargent conducting.
Though the suit does not identify the works in the collection, Piatigorsky's husband, renowned cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, was an art collector as well.
I remember hearing Gregor Piatigorsky there, and also Fritz Kreisler.
Latvian-born cellist Mischa Maisky - the only person to have studied with both 20th-century Russian cello masters, Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky - will treat the audience to an evening of poignant cello sonatas, accompanied by the award-winning pianist and teacher Pavel Gililov.