Famous Pianists in Music History (Part 2)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 662

  • 1858-12-13 Jakab Gyula Major, Hungarian pianist and composer, born in Kosice, Czech Republic (d. 1925)
  • 1859-01-21 Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, Polish composer and pianist, born in Warsaw (d. 1886)
  • 1859-11-30 Sergei Lyapunov, Russian composer and pianist, born in Yaroslavl, Russian Empire (d. 1924)
  • 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)
  • 1861-11-30 Ludwig Thuille, Austrian composer (sextet for piano and wind quintet), born in Bozen, Tyrol (now Bozano, Italy) (d. 1907)
  • 1862-11-25 Ethelbert Nevin, American pianist and composer, born in Edgeworth, Pennsylvania (d. 1901)
  • 1863-02-19 Emánuel Moór, Hungarian composer, pianist, and inventor of musical instruments, born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 1931)
  • 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)
  • 1863-11-01 Alfred Reisenauer, German pianist and composer, born in Königsberg (d. 1907)
  • 1863-11-30 Gellio Benevenuto Coronaro, Italian pianist and composer, born in Vicenza, Italy (d. 1916)
  • 1864-04-10 Eugene Francis Charles D'Albert, German pianist and composer (Golem), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1932)
  • 1864-10-30 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, American pianist and philanthropist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1953)
  • 1864-11-10 Alexandre Levy, Brazilian composer and pianist, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1892)
  • 1865-03-02 Théophile "Théo" Ysaÿe, Belgian composer and pianist, born in Verviers, Belgium (d. 1918)
  • 1866-04-01 Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist/composer/conductor (Arlecchino), born in Empoli (d. 1924)
  • 1866-05-31 Vladimir Rebikov, Russian pianist and composer, born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia (d. 1920)
  • 1867-09-05 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American composer and pianist, born in Henniker, New Hampshire (d. 1944)
  • 1868-02-26 Leonard Borwick, English concert pianist, born in Walthamstow, England (d. 1925)
  • 1868-03-28 Wojciech Gawroński, Polish pianist and composer, born in Sejmany, Russian Empire [now Lithuania] (d. 1910)
  • 1868-05-13 Paolo Gallico, Italian-American pianist and composer (The Apocalypse), born in Trieste (d. 1955)
  • 1870-02-13 Leopold Godowsky, Polish pianist and composer (Java Suite, 53 Studies on Chopin's Études) born in Žasliai, Russian Empire (now Lithuania), (d. 1938)
  • 1871-02-07 Wilhelm Stenhammar [Carl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammar], Swedish composer considered the finest Swedish pianist of his time, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1927)
  • 1871-03-06 Ben Harney, American composer and "Father of Ragtime Piano" (You've Been a Good Old Wagon, But You Done Broke Down), born on the Mississippi River (d. 1938)
  • 1872-01-06 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (Prometheus) and pianist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1915)
  • 1873-03-19 Max Reger, German composer, pianist and professor (Leipzig Univ), born in Brand, Bavarian Empire (d. 1916)
  • 1873-03-20 Sergei V Rachmaninov, Russian/US pianist/composer (Aleko) [NS=Apr 1]
  • 1873-04-28 Harold Bauer, English-American pianist (Beethoven-Association), born in Kingston, England (d. 1951)
  • 1873-06-07 Landon Ronald, British composer, pianist and teacher (Guildhall School of Music), born in Kensington, London (d. 1938)
  • 1873-07-22 Ettore Pozzoli, Italian composer and pianist, born in Seregno (d. 1957)
  • 1875-02-04 Raymond Moulaert, Belgian pianist and composer, born in Brussels, Belgian (d. 1962)
  • 1875-03-07 Maurice Ravel, French pianist & composer (Daphnis et Chloé; Boléro), born in Ciboure (d. 1937)
  • 1875-03-10 Alexander Borisovich Goldenweiser, Russian pianist & composer (Contrapuntal Sketches), born in Kishinev, Russia (d. 1961)
  • 1875-05-18 Guido Alberto Fano, Italian composer and pianist, born in Padua (d. 1961)
  • 1875-08-09 Albert William Ketèlbey, British pianist and composer (In A Monastery Garden), born in Aston, Birmingham (d. 1959)
  • 1876-01-20 Józef Hofmann, Polish pianist (d. 1967)
  • 1877-01-17 Hans Jelmoli, Swiss pianist and composer, born in Zurich (d. 1936)
  • 1877-02-28 Sergei Bortkiewicz, Russian Austrian composer, pianist and conductor born in Kharkov, Russian Empire (d. 1952)
  • 1877-09-26 Alfred Cortot, French-Swiss pianist and teacher, born in Nyon, Vaud, Switzerland (d. 1962)
  • 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 and composer (3 Blind Mice), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1958)
  • 1879-07-22 Gustaf Heintze, Swedish pianist, organist, pedagogue and composer, born in Jönköping (d. 1946)
  • 1879-08-13 John Ireland, English composer and pianist (Mai-Dun), born in Bowdon, Cheshire, England (d. 1962)
  • 1879-08-24 Rentaro Taki, Japanese pianist and composer, born in Tokyo (d. 1903)
  • 1879-10-05 Halfdan Cleve [née Klewe], Norwegian pianist and composer, born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1951)
  • 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
  • 1880-09-07 Attilio Brugnoli, Italian pianist and composer, born in Rome (d. 1937)
  • 1881-03-25 Béla Bartok, Hungarian composer and pianist (Concerto for Orchestra), born in Nagyszentmiklós, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (d. 1945)
  • 1881-07-09 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • 1881-08-18 Hermann Zilcher, German pianist and composer (Dr Eisenbart, Die Liebesmesse), born in Frankfurt am Main (d. 1948)
  • 1881-11-04 Gena Branscombe, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Picton, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • 1882-02-14 Ignaz Friedman, Polish pianist & composer, born in Podgórze, Kraków, Austrian Poland (d. 1948)
  • 1882-04-04 Mary Howe, American composer (Sand) and pianist, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 1882-04-17 Artur Schnabel, Austrian pianist (Beethoven Piano Sonatas), born in Lipnik, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1951)
  • 1882-06-14 Michael Zadora, American pianist and composer, born in New York City (d. 1946)
  • 1882-07-08 Percy Grainger, composer/pianist/conductor (Hill Songs), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1882-08-10 Max Kowalski, German pianist, singer, and composer (Pierrot Lunaire), born in Kowal, Russian Empire/Poland (d. 1956)
  • 1882-09-06 John Powell, American pianist and composer, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1963)
  • 1882-10-11 Robert Nathaniel Dett, Canadian pianist and composer (In The Bottoms), born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (d. 1943)
  • 1882-10-25 Tony Jackson, American ragtime pianist and singer-songwriter (Pretty Baby), born in New Orleans (d. 1921)
  • 1882-12-09 Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist and composer (Rima), born in Seville, Spain (d. 1949)
  • 1883-03-13 Enrico Toselli, Italian pianist and composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1926)
  • 1884-01-03 Raoul Armand Georg Koczalski, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1948)
  • 1884-02-26 Dina Appeldoorn, Dutch pianist and composer, born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (d. 1938)
  • 1884-03-26 Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein Competition winner, 1905), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1969)
  • 1884-07-23 Apolinary Szeluto, Polish pianist and composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1966)
  • 1884-12-05 Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor and pianist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1931)
  • 1886-04-13 Ethel Leginska, British pianist and composer, born in Hull, Yorkshire, England (d. 1970)
  • 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 [James Hubert] Eubie Blake, American ragtime composer and pianist (Memories of You, I'm Just Wild About Harry), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1983)
  • 1887-05-11 Paul Wittgenstein, left handed pianist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1961)
  • 1887-05-30 Gino Tagliapietra, Italian pianist and composer (Antologia di musica antica e moderna per pianoforte), born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 1954)
  • 1887-08-07 Charles Luckyth "Luckey" Roberts, stride pianist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 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, Curaçao-born composer (d. 1982)
  • 1888-04-12 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (The Art of Piano Playing), born in Elisavetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1889-03-26 Václav Kaprál, Czech composer, pianist, and pedagogue, born in Určice (d. 1947)
  • 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 San Fernando, Argentina (d. 1963)
  • 1889-05-25 Sverre Jordan, Norwegian composer, orchestra conductor and pianist (Norwegian Rapsody), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1972)
  • 1889-12-12 Václav Štěpán, Czech pianist and composer, born in Pečky, Austria-Hungary (d. 1944)
  • 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), born in Yelets, Oryol Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1892-06-18 Edward Steuermann, Austrian-American pianist and composer, born in Sambor, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1892-06-23 Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish-American pianist, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1993)
  • 1892-08-14 Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji [Leon Dudley Sorabji], Parsi-British pianist and composer (Opus clavicembalisticum), born in Chingford, Essex (d. 1988)
  • 1892-10-19 Ilmari Hannikainen, Finnish pianist and composer, born in Jyväskylä; (d. 1955)
  • 1892-12-27 Feliks Roderyk Labunski, Polish pianist, composer and educator (Triptych Champétre), born in Ksawerynow (d. 1979)
  • 1893-02-15 Walter Donaldson, US pianist/composer (Girl Crazy, Whoopee)

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 101 - 200 of 449

  • 1931-01-21 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, dies at 67
  • 1931-10-20 Emánuel Moór, Hungarian composer, pianist, and inventor of musical instruments, dies at 68
  • 1931-11-23 Evert Cornelis, Dutch conductor and pianist, dies at 46
  • 1932-03-03 Eugene Francis Charles D'Albert, German pianist and composer (Golem), dies at 67
  • 1932-06-09 Natalia Janotha, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1933-01-06 Vladimir de Pachmann, Russian-German pianist, dies at 84
  • 1935-04-24 Paul Klengel, German pianist, violinist, composer and educator, dies at 80
  • 1936-05-06 Hans Jelmoli, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1937-07-10 Attilio Brugnoli, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1938-03-02 Ben Harney, American composer and "Father of Ragtime Piano" (You've Been a Good Old Wagon, But You Done Broke Down), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1938-08-14 Landon Ronald, British composer, pianist and teacher (Guildhall School of Music), dies at 65
  • 1938-11-21 Leopold Godowsky, Polish pianist and composer (Java Suite, 53 Studies on Chopin's Études) dies of stomach cancer at 68
  • 1938-12-04 Dina Appeldoorn, Dutch pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • 1941-01-02 Mischa Levitzki, Russian-born American pianist & composer (The Enchanted Nymph), dies of a heart attack at 42

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

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, 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 (Ogelala), dies of tuberculosis at 48 in a German concentration camp in Wülzburg, Bavaria
  • 1943-03-28 Sergei Vasilievitch Rachmaninov, Russian composer and pianist, dies at 69
  • 1943-10-02 Robert Nathaniel Dett, Canadian pianist and composer (In The Bottoms), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 1944-04-18 Cécile Chamindale, French composer & pianist, dies at 86
  • 1944-11-24 Václav Štěpán, Czech pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • 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
  • 1947-04-06 Václav Kaprál, Czech composer, pianist, and pedagogue, dies at 58
  • 1948-01-01 Hermann Zilcher, German pianist and composer (Dr Eisenbart, Die Liebesmesse), dies at 66
  • 1948-01-26 Ignaz Friedman, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1949-01-14 Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist and composer (Rima), dies at 66
  • 1950-12-22 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), dies at 70
  • 1951-02-09 Eddy Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (Eddy Duchin Orchestra), dies of acute myelogenous leukemia at 41
  • 1951-04-02 Simon Barere, pianist, dies while perfoming at Carnegie Hall
  • 1951-08-15 Artur Schnabel, Austrian 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 Henriëtte Bosmans, Dutch cellist, pianist and 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 and recording artist, dies in a plane crash at 31
  • 1953-11-04 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, American pianist and philanthropist, dies at 89
  • 1954-08-08 Gino Tagliapietra, Italian pianist and composer (Antologia di musica antica e moderna per pianoforte), dies at 67
  • 1955-07-06 Paolo Gallico, Italian-American pianist and composer (The Apocalypse), dies at 87
  • 1955-11-17 James P. Johnson, American jazz composer and pianist (Charleston), dies at 64
  • 1956-10-26 Walter Gieseking, German pianist and 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, conductor and composer (3 Blind Mice), dies at 80
  • 1958-08-24 Kenneth Leighton, British pianist and composer, dies at 28
  • 1959-05-08 Renato Caccioppoli, Italian mathematician/pianist, suicide at 55
  • 1959-11-17 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer/pianist/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1960-09-12 Jules Buffano, American composer and pianist (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 62
  • 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/American 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 Shield, American pianist and composer (Union Pacific Suite), dies at 68
  • 1962-01-18 Raymond Moulaert, Belgian pianist and composer, dies at 86
  • 1962-06-12 John Ireland, English composer and pianist (Epic March), dies at 82
  • 1962-06-15 Alfred Cortot, French-Swiss pianist and teacher, 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 Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), dies at 52
  • 1964-03-01 Sergius Kagen, American pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • 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
  • 1964-05-06 Harold Morris, American pianist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1964-09-14 Mary Howe, American composer and pianist (Sand), dies at 82
  • 1964-10-10 Heinrich Neuhaus, Soviet pianist (The Art of Piano Playing), dies at 76
  • 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 Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 41
  • 1966-08-22 Apolinary Szeluto, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 1966-11-26 Harold Burrage, American singer/pianist (Got to Find a Way), dies at 35
  • 1967-01-01 Moon Mullican, American hillbilly pianist (7 Nights of Rock), dies at 58
  • 1967-05-31 Billy [William Thomas] Strayhorn, American pianist and composer (Take The 'A' Train), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1967-11-13 Harriet Cohen, British pianist, dies at 71
  • 1968-06-02 André Mathieu, Canadian pianist and composer (Concerto de Québec), dies at 39
  • 1968-08-18 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1968-11-09 Jan Johansson, Swedish jazz pianist, dies at 37
  • 1969-04-23 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz and film composer and pianist (Rosemary's Baby), dies of head injuries as the result of a fall at 37
  • 1969-06-29 Shorty Long [Frederick Earl Long], American soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge), dies at 29
  • 1969-07-05 Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85
  • 1970-02-26 Ethel Leginska, British pianist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1970-12-24 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz composer and pianist, dies at 41
  • 1971-04-12 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (b. 1931)
  • 1971-10-02 Bola de Nieve [Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández], Cuban singer, pianist and songwriter, dies at 60
  • 1972-01-10 Sverre Jordan, Norwegian composer, orchestra conductor and pianist (Norwegian Rapsody), dies at 82
  • 1972-01-18 Rudolf Wittelsbach, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1972-03-18 Jimmy Carroll, American pianist (Most Important People), dies at 58
  • 1972-04-26 Margaret Bonds, American composer & pianist, dies at 59
  • 1972-07-08 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), dies at 84
  • 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)
  • 1974-01-16 Roy Bargy, American pianist and composer (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
  • 1974-03-01 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (b. 1935)
  • 1974-06-27 Cliff Friend, American pianist and songwriter, dies at 80