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(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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