Istomin, Eugene


Pianist famed for his work with the Grammy Award-winning Istomin-Stern-Rose Trio


Condition: Good, slightly darker at edges
Description: (1925-2003) American child prodigy pianist famous for his work in a piano trio with Isaac Stern and Leonard Rose. He married Pablo Casals’ widow Marta in 1975. His earliest public performances began at 6 and at 12 he entered the Curtis Institute. He then studied under Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski.  In 1943, at 17, he won the Leventritt and Philadelphia Youth Awards. He debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Ormandy playing a Chopin concerto and with the New York Philharmonic led by Artur Rodzinski playing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in the same week in 1943, and performed with Rodzinski and the New York Philharmonic a 2nd time in December 1944, playing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto.

He commissioned and premiered Roger Session’s piano concerto in 1956. Several other composers, including Dutilleux and Rorem wrote music for him.

He also was known as a soloist, performing many concerts of orchestral music with conductors such as Ormandy, Walter, Bernstein, Reiner, Szell and Stokowski. In the 1980s-90s, he toured 30 largely Midwestern US cities in a 12-ton truck with his own Steinway pianos and piano tuner, his lifelong conviction that classical music belonged to ordinary Americans.

The Istomin-Stern-Rose Trio made many recordings, particularly of music by Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert and he won a Grammy Award in 1970 with the Trio for their Beethoven recordings. He received the French Legion d’honneur in 2001.

Signed  4 ½ x 5 autograph album page, undated but ca. 1960’s.
Type: Signed album page

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