Today in Pianist History

Events in Music


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1795-03-29 Ludwig van Beethoven (24) has his debut performance as pianist in Vienna

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1822-12-01 Franz Liszt's (11) debut as pianist Isabella Colbran

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer/Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1919-01-15 Pianist & statesman Ignace Paderewski becomes first premier of Poland
  • 1940-01-23 Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile

Music concertMusic Concert

1950-03-27 Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner's solo concert (Cleve OH)

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 437

  • 1715-01-29 Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Austrian (court) composer/pianist
  • 1751-07-30 Maria A [Nannerl] Mozart, Austrian pianist/Wolfgang's sister
  • 1760-02-12 Jan Ladislav Dussek, Bohemia, pianist/composer
  • 1764-04-18 Bernhard Anselm Weber, pianist/conductor/composer
  • 1766-08-01 Ignaz Anton Franz Xavier Ladurner, pianist/composer
  • 1771-02-24 Johann Baptist Cramer, German/British pianist/composer/publisher
  • 1774-04-17 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, organist/pianist/composer
  • 1782-07-26 John Field, pianist/composer (Nocturnes), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1788-08-26 Aloys Schmitt, German music theory/composer/royal pianist
  • 1791-02-20 Carl Czerny, pianist/composer (Schule der Virtuosen), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1792-10-02 Philip Cipriani Hambley Potter, pianist/composer
  • 1803-01-06 Henri Herz, Austrian pianist and composer, born in Vienna (d. 1888)

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1810-03-01 Frederic Chopin, Polish/French pianist and composer (Concert in F Minor), born in Żelazowa Wola, Duchy of Warsaw (d. 1849) (baptismal records 22nd Feb)

Composer Frederic Chopin
Composer
Frederic Chopin

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1811-10-22 Franz Liszt, Raiding Hungary, romantic composer/virtuoso pianist (Faust Symphony), (d. 1886)

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer/Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1811-10-24 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist/composer/conductor
  • 1818-08-07 Henry Charles Litolff, French composer/pianist
  • 1819-04-14 Charles Halle, pianist/conductor/founder (Halle Orch)
  • 1819-09-13 Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer (d. 1896)
  • 1829-05-08 Louis Moreau Gottschalk, 1st internationally recognized US pianist
  • 1829-05-09 Ciro Pinsuti, pianist/composer
  • 1829-11-16 Anton G Rubinstein, Russian pianist/conductor/composer [OS]
  • 1830-01-08 Hans von Bülow, German pianist and composer (d. 1894)
  • 1830-05-28 Carl Filtsch, Transylvanian Saxon composer and pianist
  • 1830-09-25 Karl Klindworth, pianist/conductor
  • 1841-05-24 Tito Mattei, pianist/composer
  • 1847-02-02 Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer
  • 1848-07-27 Vladimir de Pachmann, Russian-German pianist
  • 1849-05-27 "Blind" Tom Bethune, pianist/composer
  • 1849-07-23 Geza Zichy, Hungarian composer and one-armed pianist, born at Sztára Castle (d. 1924)
  • 1850-01-06 Franz Xaver Scharwenka, German pianist/composer (Mataswintha)
  • 1853-12-22 Maria Teresa Carreno, Venezuelan pianist, singer, composer, and conductor
  • 1863-04-19 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, born in Kirovohrad, Ukraine (d. 1931)
  • 1863-10-09 Alexander Siloti, Kharkov Russia, pianist/prof (Moscow Cons 1888-91)
  • 1864-04-10 Eugene Francis Charles D'Albert, German pianist/composer (Golem)
  • 1866-04-01 Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist/composer/conductor (Arlecchino), born in Empoli (d. 1924)
  • 1867-09-05 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American composer and pianist (d. 1944)
  • 1868-02-26 Leonard Borwick, British(?) pianist
  • 1868-04-02 Eduard Jacobs, singer/pianist (Dutch cabaret)
  • 1870-02-13 Leopold Godowsky, Lithuania, virtuoso pianist/composer
  • 1871-03-01 Ben Harney, American composer and ragtime pianist (d. 1938)
  • 1873-03-19 Max Reger, Brand Bavaria, composer/pianist/prof (Leipzig Univ)
  • 1873-03-20 Sergei V Rachmaninov, Russian/US pianist/composer (Aleko) [NS=Apr 1]
  • 1873-04-28 Harold Bauer, English/US pianist (Beethoven-Association)
  • 1875-05-18 Guido Alberto Fano, Italian composer and pianist, born in Padua (d. 1961)
  • 1876-01-20 Józef Hofmann, Polish pianist (d. 1967)
  • 1877-09-26 Alfred Cortot, French pianist
  • 1878-02-16 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist/composer/conductor (Peter Schlemihl)
  • 1878-03-04 Egbert Van Alstyne, American songwriter and pianist (d. 1951)
  • 1878-07-05 Joseph Holbrooke, English pianist/conductor/composer
  • 1879-08-13 John N Ireland, English composer/pianist (Mai-Dun)
  • 1879-09-27 Cyril M Scott, English pianist/composer/author (Heroic Suite)
  • 1879-10-05 John Erskine, US, poet/pianist (Private Life of Helen of Troy)
  • 1880-01-11 Rudolf T Palm, Curacao, pianist/composer
  • 1881-03-25 Béla Bartok, Hungary, composer/pianist (Concerto for Orchestra)
  • 1881-04-18 Hermann KJ Zilcher, German pianist/composer (Dr Eisenbart)
  • 1881-07-09 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • 1882-04-04 Mary Howe, American composer (Sand) and pianist, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 1882-04-17 Artur Schnabel, Lipnik Austria, pianist (Beethoven Piano Sonatas)
  • 1882-07-08 Percy Grainger, composer/pianist/conductor (Hill Songs), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1884-02-26 Christina A A [Dina] Koudijs-van Appeldoorn, pianist/composer
  • 1884-03-26 Wilhelm Backhaus, Leipzig Germany, pianist (Rubinstein 1905)
  • 1884-12-05 Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor/pianist
  • 1886-10-06 Edwin Fischer, Swiss pianist and conductor (d. 1960)
  • 1887-01-28 Artur Rubinstein, Lodz Poland, pianist
  • 1887-02-02 Ernst Hanfstängl, German pianist and politician (d. 1975)
  • 1887-02-07 Eubie Blake, US ragtime composer/pianist (Memories of You) (d. 1983), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1887-05-11 Paul Wittgenstein, left handed pianist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1961)
  • 1887-09-19 Lovie Austin, American jazz pianist (d. 1972)
  • 1887-10-25 Willem CN Andriessen, Dutch composer/pianist (Beethoven)
  • 1887-11-28 Jacobo Palm, Curacaos pianist/organist
  • 1889-05-23 José Padilla, Almería, Spanish composer and pianist (La Violetera - City Lights, Ça c'est Paris - Moulin Rouge)
  • 1890-02-25 Myra Hess, concert pianist, born in London, England
  • 1890-10-20 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, jazz pianist/composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1891-02-08 Edgar Palm, Curacao, pianist/composer
  • 1892-02-14 Nikolaj A Orloff, Russian/British pianist (Chopin)
  • 1892-06-23 Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish/US pianist
  • 1893-02-15 Walter Donaldson, US pianist/composer (Girl Crazy, Whoopee)
  • 1893-10-02 Leroy B Shield, US pianist/producer/composer (Laurel & Hardy)
  • 1894-02-01 James P. Johnson, American pianist and composer (Charleston, If I Could be With You One Hour Tonight)
  • 1894-04-23 Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (d. 1955)
  • 1894-06-08 Erwin Schulhoff, Czech/Russian composer/pianist (Ogelala)
  • 1895-01-07 Clara Haskil, Romanian pianist (d. 1960)
  • 1895-02-28 Guiomar Novaes, Brazil, pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit)
  • 1895-11-05 Walter Gieseking, German pianist/composer
  • 1895-11-25 Wilhelm Kempff, Juterbog Germany, pianist (Unter dem Zimbelstern)
  • 1895-11-28 José Iturbi, Spanish pianist (d. 1980)
  • 1895-12-02 Harriet Cohen, British pianist (d. 1967)
  • 1895-12-05 Henriette H Bosmans, Dutch cellist/pianist/composer
  • 1896-02-16 Alexander Brailowsky, Russia, pianist (Chopin)
  • 1897-01-05 Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Lady Fanny, Bel Ami)
  • 1897-11-18 Jules Buffano, pianist (Jimmy Durante Show), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1898-05-31 Johan Brouwer, Dutch pianist/writer/resistance fighter
  • 1898-11-27 Nelly Steuer-Wagenaar, Dutch pianist
  • 1899-01-07 Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc, composer/pianist (Les Biches), born in Paris, France
  • 1899-04-07 Robert Casadesus, French pianist (d. 1972)

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1899-04-29 Duke Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist (Take the A Train), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1974)

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1899-07-30 Gerald Moore, England, pianist (Am I Too Loud)
  • 1899-12-08 James "Pigmeat" Jarrett, pianist
  • 1900-12-22 Alan Dudley Bush, composer pianist/teacher
  • 1902-01-05 Pierre Palla, Dutch pianist/organist

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

1880-01-07 Pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski (19) weds Antonina Korsak

Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski

HeartWedding of Interest

1911-01-11 Actress Hattie McDaniel (16) weds pianist Howard Hickman

HeartWedding of Interest

1924-02-04 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (22) weds pianist Lil Armstrong (26)

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

HeartWedding of Interest

1940-12-03 Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus (27) weds pianist and mathematician Francine Faure (25) in Lyon, France

Author Albert Camus
Author
Albert Camus
  • 2005-06-01 "The White Stripes" guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist Jack White (29) weds British model Karen Elson (26) in Manaus, Brazil

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1938-09-30 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (37) divorces pianist Lil Armstrong (40) after more than 14 years of marriage

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 250

  • 1777-03-01 Georg Christoph Wagenzeil, Austria (court) composer/pianist, dies at 62
  • 1812-03-20 Jan Ladislav Dussek, Bohemian pianist/composer, dies at 52
  • 1821-03-23 Bernhard Anselm Weber, pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 56
  • 1829-10-29 Maria A [Nannerl] Mozart, Austrian pianist, dies
  • 1837-01-11 John Field, Irish pianist/composer (Nocturnes), dies at 54
  • 1839-03-04 Ignace Antoine Ladurner, pianist/composer, dies at 72
  • 1847-11-04 Jacob L Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, German pianist/composer, dies at 38

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1849-10-17 Frederic Chopin, Polish/French pianist/composer, dies at 39

Composer Frederic Chopin
Composer
Frederic Chopin
  • 1850-04-03 Vaclav Jan Krtitel Tomasek, organist/pianist/composer, dies at 75
  • 1856-07-29 Robert A Schumann, German pianist/composer (Humoresque), dies at 46
  • 1857-07-15 Carl Czerny, Austrian pianist/composer, dies at 66
  • 1858-04-16 Johann Baptist Cramer, Ger/British pianist/composer/publisher, dies at 87
  • 1866-07-25 Aloys Schmitt, German music theory/composer/royal pianist, dies
  • 1885-05-11 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist/composer/conductor, dies at 73

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1886-07-31 Franz Liszt [Ferencz], Hungarian pianist/composer, dies at 74

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer/Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1887-12-26 Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer, dies at 40
  • 1888-03-10 Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist/composer, dies at 57
  • 1891-08-05 Henry Charles Litolff, French pianist/componist, dies at 73
  • 1894-02-12 Hans von Bülow, German pianist and composer (b. 1830)
  • 1895-10-25 Charles Halle, British pianist, dies
  • 1896-05-20 Clara Josephine Wieck Schumann, composer/pianist, dies at 76
  • 1915-04-27 Alexander N Skriabin, Russ pianist/composer (Prometheus), dies at 43
  • 1916-05-11 Max Reger, German composer/pianist/organist, dies at 43
  • 1924-01-04 Alfred Grünfeld, Austrian pianist, composer (b. 1852)
  • 1924-01-15 Geza Zichy, Hungarian composer and one-armed pianist, dies at 74
  • 1924-07-27 Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist/composer, dies at 58
  • 1924-12-08 Franz X Scharwenka, German pianist/composer (Mataswintha), dies at 74
  • 1929-03-15 Pine-Top Smith, jazz pianist (Boogie Woogie Piano), dies at 24
  • 1931-01-21 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, dies at 67
  • 1931-11-23 Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor/pianist, dies
  • 1933-01-06 Vladimir de Pachmann, Russian-German pianist (b. 1848)
  • 1938-03-02 Ben Harney, American composer and pianist (b. 1871)
  • 1938-08-14 Landon Ronald, composer/pianist, dies at 65
  • 1938-11-21 Leopold Godowsky, pianist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1938-12-04 Dina Appeldoorn, Dutch pianist/composer, dies at 54
  • 1938-12-05 Christina "Dina" Koudijs-van Appeldoorn, pianist/composer, dies at 54

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1941-06-29 Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish statesman and pianist, dies in NY at 80

Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • 1941-07-10 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, pioneer jazz pianist, dies in LA at 56
  • 1942-08-18 Erwin Schulhoff, Czech/Russian composer/pianist, dies at 48
  • 1943-03-28 Sergei Vasilievitch Rachmaninov, Russian composer/pianist, dies at 69

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1943-12-15 Thomas W "Fats" Waller, jazz pianist (Hot Chocolate), dies at 39 in KC Missouri

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1945-09-26 Béla V J Bartok, Hungarian pianist/composer dies at 64
  • 1948-01-01 Hermann K J Zilcher, German pianist/composer (Liebesmesse), dies at 66
  • 1949-01-14 Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist/conductor/composer (Rima), dies at 66
  • 1951-04-02 Simon Barere, pianist, dies while perfoming at Carnegie Hall
  • 1951-06-02 John Erskine, US writer/poet/pianist (Venus Love Goddess), dies at 71
  • 1951-08-15 Artur Schnabel, Austria/US pianist (Reflections on Music), dies at 69
  • 1951-09-17 Jimmy Yancey, American pianist (b. 1898)
  • 1951-12-13 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist/composer (Daniel Hjort), dies at 73
  • 1952-07-02 Henriette H Bosmans, Dutch cello player/pianist/composer, dies at 56
  • 1953-01-10 Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Golden Cage), dies at 56
  • 1953-10-29 William Kapell, American pianist (b. 1922)
  • 1955-12-03 Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (b. 1894)
  • 1956-10-26 Walter Gieseking, German pianist/composer, dies at 60
  • 1956-11-04 Art[hur] Tatum, US jazz pianist/composer, dies at 46
  • 1956-11-05 Art Tatum, African American pianist, dies at 46 in Los Angeles
  • 1956-11-07 Una Mae Carlisle, US pianist/singer, dies at 40
  • 1958-08-05 Joseph Holbrooke, English pianist/composer (3 Blind Mice), dies at 80
  • 1959-05-08 Renato Caccioppoli, Italian mathematician/pianist, suicide at 55
  • 1959-11-17 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer/pianist/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1960-04-10 Arthur Benjamin, Austral composer/pianist (Devil Take Her), dies at 66
  • 1960-10-25 José Padilla, Spanish composer and pianist (La Violetera - City Lights, Ça c'est Paris - Moulin Rouge), dies at 71
  • 1960-12-07 Clara Haskil, Swiss pianist (b. 1895)
  • 1961-02-20 Percy Aldridge Grainger, Australian/US composer/pianist, dies at 78
  • 1961-03-03 Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian-born left-handed pianist, dies at 72
  • 1961-08-14 Guido Alberto Fano, Italian composer and pianist, dies at 86
  • 1962-01-09 LeRoy B Shield, US pianist/composer (Union Pacific Suite), dies at 68
  • 1962-06-12 John N Ireland, English composer/pianist (Epic March), dies at 82
  • 1962-06-15 Alfred Cortot, French pianist, dies at 84
  • 1963-03-28 Alec A Templeton, composer/pianist (Alec Templeton Time), dies at 52
  • 1964-03-29 Ted Collins, pianist (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 63
  • 1964-03-30 Willem CN Andriessen, Dutch composer/pianist (Beethoven), dies at 76
  • 1964-09-14 Mary Howe, American composer and pianist (Sand), dies at 82
  • 1964-10-10 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (b. 1888)
  • 1965-02-13 Jerry Burke, pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies
  • 1965-11-25 Dame Myra Hess, British pianist (b. 1890)
  • 1965-12-10 Henry (Dixon) Cowell, US pianist/composer (Aeolian Harp), dies at 68
  • 1966-03-06 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), dies at 84
  • 1966-08-01 Bud Powell, US jazz pianist/composer, dies
  • 1966-11-26 Harold Burrage, US singer/pianist (Got to Find a Way), dies at 35
  • 1967-05-31 Billy Strayhorn, American composer, pianist and arranger (b. 1915)
  • 1967-11-13 Harriet Cohen, English pianist (b. 1895)
  • 1968-06-02 André Mathieu, Quebec pianist and composer (b. 1929)
  • 1968-08-18 Cy Walter, pianist (3's Company), dies at 52
  • 1969-06-29 Shorty Long, soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge), dies at 29
  • 1969-07-05 Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85
  • 1971-04-12 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (b. 1931)
  • 1971-10-02 Bola de Nieve, Cuban singer, pianist, and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • 1972-04-26 Margaret A R Bonds, US pianist/composer/arranger, dies at 59
  • 1972-07-10 Lovie Austin, American jazz pianist (b. 1887)
  • 1972-09-19 Robert Casadesus, French pianist (b. 1899)
  • 1973-01-15 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist/conductor, dies at 68
  • 1974-01-05 Lev Oborin, Russian pianist (b. 1907)
  • 1974-03-01 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (b. 1935)
  • 1976-01-10 Chester Arthur Burnett, US blues pianist/harmonica player, dies at 65
  • 1976-02-06 Vince Guaraldi, jazz pianist and composer (Peanuts TV specials), dies at 43
  • 1976-08-22 Gina Bachauer, Greek pianist (b. 1913)

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1977-01-02 Erroll Garner, jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • 1978-03-28 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist (d. 1941)
  • 1979-03-07 Guiomar Novaes, pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit), dies at 84