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.


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Maisky holds the title of being the only cellist in the world to have studied with two of the world's most iconic cellists, Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky.
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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.
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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.
Beginning in the 1960s, he also played in trios with the violinist Jascha Heifetz and the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.
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.
native, Cariaga started out as a pianist and was a protege of famed cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.
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.