Today in Pianist History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 (Cleveland, Ohio)

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 469

  • 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
  • 1768-03-12 Carolus Antonius Fodor [Carel Anton Fodor], Dutch pianist, conductor and prominent composer, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1846)
  • 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, Irish pianist and composer (Nocturnes), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1837)
  • 1785-11-02 Frederich Kalkbrenner, German-French pianist and composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1849)
  • 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)
  • 1808-10-12 John Liptrot Hatton, English composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1886)
  • 1809-02-03 Felix Mendelssohn [Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy ] German composer and pianist (Great Scherzos), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1847)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer/Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1811-10-24 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist/composer/conductor
  • 1813-05-15 Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, born in Pest (d.1888)
  • 1817-10-27 Antoni de Kontski, Polish pianist and composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1899)
  • 1818-08-07 Henry Charles Litolff, French composer/pianist
  • 1819-04-14 Charles Halle, pianist/conductor/founder (Halle Orchestra)
  • 1819-09-13 Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer of the Romantic era, born in Leipzig (d. 1896)
  • 1826-08-28 Walter Cecil Macfarren, English pianist and composer, born in London (d. 1905)
  • 1826-12-21 Ernst Pauer, Austrian composer and pianist, born in Vienna (d. 1905)
  • 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, German pianist and conductor, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1916)
  • 1837-01-02 Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist and composer (Islamej, Tamara), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1910)
  • 1841-05-24 Tito Mattei, pianist/composer
  • 1841-10-04 Stephen Albert Emery, American composer and pianist, born in Paris, Maine (d. 1891)
  • 1841-11-04 Carl Tausig, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw (d. 1871)
  • 1842-08-30 Victor Alphonse Duvernoy, French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1907)
  • 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
  • 1860-05-29 Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist and composer (Suite española, Tango in D), born in Camprodon, Spain (d. 1909)
  • 1861-08-09 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1863-04-19 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, born in Kirovohrad, Ukraine (d. 1931)
  • 1863-10-09 Alexander Siloti, Russian pianist and composer, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d. 1945)
  • 1864-04-10 Eugene Francis Charles D'Albert, German pianist/composer (Golem)
  • 1864-11-10 Alexandre Levy, Brazilian composer and pianist, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1892)
  • 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, born in Henniker, New Hampshire (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)
  • 1872-01-06 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (Prometheus) and pianist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1915)
  • 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)
  • 1877-01-17 Hans Jelmoli, Swiss pianist and composer, born in Zurich (d. 1936)
  • 1877-09-26 Alfred Cortot, French pianist
  • 1878-02-16 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist and composer (Daniel Hjort), born in Pori, Finland (d. 1951)
  • 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)
  • 1879-08-24 Rentaro Taki, Japanese pianist and composer, born in Tokyo (d. 1903)
  • 1879-09-27 Cyril M Scott, English pianist/composer/author (Heroic Suite)
  • 1879-10-05 John Erskine, American poet/pianist (Private Life of Helen of Troy)
  • 1879-12-26 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), born in Freiburg im Breisgau (d. 1950)
  • 1880-01-05 Nikolai Medtner, Russian pianist and composer (Skazi), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1951)
  • 1880-01-11 Rudolf T Palm, Curacao, pianist/composer
  • 1881-03-25 Béla Bartok, Hungarian composer and pianist (Concerto for Orchestra), born in Nagyszentmiklós, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (d. 1945)
  • 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
  • 1882-09-06 John Powell, American pianist and composer, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1963)
  • 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, pianist, born in Łódź, Poland
  • 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 [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1887-10-25 Willem Andriessen, Dutch composer and pianist (Beethoven), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • 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)
  • 1889-05-25 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1963)
  • 1889-05-25 Sverre Jordan, Norwegian composer, orchestra conductor and pianist (Norwegian Rapsody), born in Bergen, Norway
  • 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
  • 1890-12-20 Yvonne Arnaud, French-born pianist, singer and actress (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), born in Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France (d. 1958)
  • 1891-02-08 Edgar Palm, Curacao, pianist/composer
  • 1892-01-30 Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, American composer, pianist and lecturer (Tre Ritratti Characteristici), born in Delta, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • 1892-02-14 Nikolaj A Orloff, Russian/British pianist (Chopin)

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 (30)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1913-11-07 Comedian Oliver Hardy (21) marries pianist Madelyn Saloshin in in Macon, Georgia

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy

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 291

  • 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
  • 1837-01-23 John Field, Irish pianist and composer (Nocturnes), dies at 54
  • 1839-03-04 Ignace Antoine Ladurner, pianist/composer, dies at 72
  • 1846-02-22 Carolus Antonius Fodor [Carel Anton Fodor], Dutch pianist, conductor and prominent composer, dies at 77
  • 1847-11-04 Felix Mendelssohn [Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy], German composer and composer, dies at 38
  • 1849-06-10 Friedrich Kalkbrenner, German-French pianist and composer, dies at 63

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1871-07-17 Carl Tausig, Polish pianist and composer, dies of typhoid at 29
  • 1885-05-11 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist/composer/conductor, dies at 73

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer/Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1886-09-20 John Liptrot Hatton, English composer and pianist, dies at 77
  • 1887-12-26 Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer, dies at 40
  • 1888-01-14 Stephen Heller, Hungarian composer and pianist, dies at 74
  • 1888-03-10 Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist/composer, dies at 57
  • 1891-04-15 Stephen Albert Emery, American composer and pianist, dies at 49
  • 1891-08-05 Henry Charles Litolff, French pianist/componist, dies at 73
  • 1892-01-17 Alexandre Levy, Brazilian composer and pianist, dies at 27
  • 1894-02-12 Hans von Bülow, German pianist and composer (b. 1830)
  • 1895-10-25 Charles Halle, British pianist, dies
  • 1896-05-20 Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer of the Romantic era, dies of a stroke at 76
  • 1899-12-07 Antoni de Kontski, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1903-06-29 Rentaro Taki, Japanese pianist and composer, dies at 23
  • 1905-05-09 Ernst Pauer, Austrian composer and pianist, dies at 78
  • 1905-09-02 Walter Cecil Macfarren, English pianist and composer, dies at 79
  • 1907-03-07 Victor Alphonse Duvernoy, French pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1909-05-18 Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist and composer (Suite española, Tango in D), dies from nephritis at 48
  • 1910-05-29 Mily Balakirev, Russian pianist and composer (Islamej, Tamara), dies at 73
  • 1911-01-15 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, dies at 49
  • 1915-04-27 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (Prometheus) and pianist, 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)
  • 1936-05-06 Hans Jelmoli, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1938-03-02 Ben Harney, American composer and pianist (b. 1871)
  • 1938-08-14 Landon Ronald, British composer, pianest and teacher (Guildhall School of Music), 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 and pianist, dies at 48
  • 1943-03-28 Sergei Vasilievitch Rachmaninov, Russian composer and pianist, dies at 69

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1944-12-27 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American composer and pianist, dies at 77
  • 1945-09-26 Béla Bartok, Hungarian pianist and composer (Concerto for Orchestra), dies at 64
  • 1945-12-08 Alexander Siloti, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 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
  • 1950-12-22 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), dies at 70
  • 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)
  • 1951-11-13 Nikolai Medtner, Russian pianist and composer (Skazi), dies at 71
  • 1951-12-13 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist and composer (Daniel Hjort), dies at 73
  • 1952-07-02 Henriette H Bosmans, Dutch cello player/pianist/composer, dies at 56
  • 1952-12-29 Beryl Rubinstein, American pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • 1953-01-10 Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Golden Cage), dies at 56
  • 1953-08-30 Dimitar Nenov, Bulgarian composer, pianist and architect, dies at 51
  • 1953-10-29 William Kapell, American pianist (b. 1922)
  • 1955-11-17 James P. Johnson, American jazz composer and pianist (Charleston), dies at 64
  • 1955-12-03 Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (b. 1894)
  • 1956-10-26 Walter Gieseking, German pianist/composer, dies at 60
  • 1956-11-05 Art Tatum [Arthur Tatum Jr], American jazz pianist and composer, dies from complications of uremia at 47
  • 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
  • 1963-01-16 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), dies at 73
  • 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 Andriessen, Dutch composer and 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