Famous Pianists in Music History (Part 5)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 666

  • 1923-06-23 George Russell, American jazz pianist (The Jazz Workshop) born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1923-07-18 Héctor Tosar, Uruguayan pianist and composer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 2002)
  • 1924-01-20 Yvonne Loriod, French pianist, born in Houilles, France
  • 1924-02-17 Margaret Truman, Mo, pres daughter/writer (Murder at FBI)/pianist
  • 1924-04-28 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, born in East Durnham, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1924-05-04 Tatiana Nikolayeva, Russian pianist and composer, born in Bezhitsa, Russia (d. 1993)
  • 1924-07-08 Johnnie Johnson, American blues and jazz piano player (Chuck Berry's band), born in Fairmount, West Virginia (d. 2005)
  • 1924-07-09 Leonard Pennario, American pianist (LA Philharmonic), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1924-08-24 Louis Teicher, American pianist (Ferante & Teicher-Exodus), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1924-09-15 Bobby Short, Danville Ill, singer/pianist (Carlisle Hotel)
  • 1924-09-27 Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Harlem, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1925-01-15 Ruth Slenczynska, American pianist, born in Sacramento, California

Person of interestOscar Peterson

1925-08-15 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • 1925-11-15 Jurriaan Andriessen, [Leslie Cool], Dutch pianist/composer
  • 1925-11-26 Eugene Istomin, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1943), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1926-04-10 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist, born in Paris (d. 2014)
  • 1926-04-11 Victor Bouchard, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1926-05-15 [Jean-Josephat] Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist and composer (Implosion Symphony), born in Saint-Georges, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • 1926-05-26 Maria de Lourdes Martins, Portuguese pianist and composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2009)
  • 1926-10-01 Roger Williams, American pianist
  • 1926-12-03 Hans Otte, German composer and pianist (The Book of Sounds, Book of Hours), born in Plauen, Germany (d. 2007)
  • 1927-04-01 Amos Milburn, R&B singer and pianist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1927-05-05 Charles Rosen, American pianist and musicologist (Sonata Forms), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1927-08-23 Martial Solal, French jazz pianist and composer, born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • 1927-10-06 Paul Badura-Skoda, Austrian pianist (Mozart Interpretation), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)
  • 1927-10-24 Gilbert Bécaud [François Gilbert Léopold Silly], French singer, pianist, composer and actor (Nathalie) known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, born in Toulon, France (d. 2001)
  • 1927-11-25 Dick Wellstood, American jazz pianist, born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1928-02-11 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1928-03-24 Byron "Yanks" Janis, McKeesport Pa, pianist (NBC Symphony Orchestra)
  • 1928-05-31 Jacob Lateiner, pianist/professor (Juiliard), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1928-07-16 Bella Davidovich, Jewish Soviet-American pianist (Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel), born in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • 1928-07-17 Vince Guaraldi, American jazz pianist and composer (Peanuts TV specials), born in San Francisco (d. 1976)
  • 1928-07-23 Leon Fleisher, American pianist and conductor (Annapolis Symph 1973-77), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1928-10-14 Gary Graffman, American pianist (Leventritt Award), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928-11-13 Hampton Hawes, American jazz pianist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1977)
  • 1928-11-27 Walter Klien, Austrian pianist, born in Graz (d. 1991)
  • 1929-02-10 Jerry Goldsmith, American pianist and composer (Twilight Zone, Planet Of The Apes), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1929-02-18 André Mathieu, Canadian pianist & composer (Concerto de Québec), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1968)
  • 1929-03-25 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, born in Corona, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1929-04-06 André Previn, German born American conductor (London Symphony), film scorer (My Fair Lady) and pianist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1929-05-21 Charles Wadsworth, Barnesville Georgia, pianist (Lincoln Center)
  • 1929-06-15 Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, Australian piano player, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1929-06-15 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz composer and pianist, born in Kimberley, South Africa (d. 1970)
  • 1929-06-20 Ingrid Haebler, Austrian pianist (Haydn/Mozart/Schubert)
  • 1929-06-28 Helena van Heerden, South African pianist
  • 1929-06-30 Alexander Kelly, British pianist and composer, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)
  • 1929-07-26 Alexis Weissenberg, Bulgarian born pianist (Levintritt-1948), born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2012)
  • 1929-08-16 Bill Evans, US jazz pianist, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • 1929-10-02 Kenneth Leighton, British pianist and composer, born in Wakefield, Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1929-11-25 Theo Bruins, Dutch pianist/composer (Sei Studii)
  • 1929-12-12 Toshiko Akiyoshi, Japanese jazz pianist and composer, born in Liaoyang, Manchuria, Republic of China
  • 1930-01-26 Wim Statius Muller, Curaçaoa conductor, pianist and composer, born in Curaçao
  • 1930-02-26 Lazar Berman, Leningrad Russia, pianist (Budapest 3rd place-1956)
  • 1930-03-10 Raymond Rasberry, pianist/singer
  • 1930-04-28 Christopher Headington, English composer, musicologist and pianist, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1930-05-16 Friedrich Gulda, Austrian pianist/composer (Hangman's Songs)
  • 1930-07-10 Jacques Klein, Brazilian pianist and composer, born in Aracati, Ceará, Brazil (d. 1982)
  • 1930-08-20 Mario Bernardi, Canadian pianist and conductor, born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2013)
  • 1930-08-31 Dudley "Big Tiny" Little Jr, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Worthington Minnesota (d. 2010)

Person of interestRay Charles

1930-09-23 Ray Charles [Robinson], American singer and pianist who pioneered soul music (Georgia on My Mind, Mess Around), born in Albany, Georgia (d. 2004)

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles
  • 1930-10-28 Harry Gilbert Trythall, American composer and pianist, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1930-12-12 Friedrich Voss, German composer and pianist, born in Halberstadt, Germany
  • 1931-01-05 Alfred Brendel, Austrian pianist, born in Loučná nad Desnou, Czech Republic
  • 1931-01-20 Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter & pianist, born in China (d. 1992)
  • 1931-03-30 Harold Burrage, American singer/pianist (Hi Yo Silver)
  • 1931-04-27 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz and film composer and pianist (Rosemary's Baby), born in Poznań, Poland (d. 1969)
  • 1931-09-16 Jan Johansson, Swedish jazz pianist, born in Söderhamn, Hälsingland, Sweden (d. 1968)
  • 1931-10-22 Hikaru Hayashi, Japanese pianist, conductor and composer (Onibaba), born in Tokyo (d. 2012)
  • 1932-02-04 Ivan Davis, Electra Texas, pianist/writer (Hunger, Corn is Green)
  • 1932-02-11 Jerome Lowenthal, pianist/prof (Jerusalem Academy of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1932-08-23 Mark Russell, American political satirist and pianist (Real People), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1932-09-02 Walter Davis Jr., American hard bop pianist (Davis Cup, Illumination), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1932-09-13 Bengt Hallberg, Swedish jazz pianist and composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 2013)
  • 1932-09-25 Glenn Gould, Canadian pianist (sued Steinway Piano), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1982)
  • 1932-12-04 Édgar Valcárcel, Peruvian pianist and composer, born in Puno, Peru (d. 2010)
  • 1933-03-15 Cecil Percival Taylor, American pianist and poet (U of Wisconsin)
  • 1933-03-28 Tete Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist, born in Barcelona (d. 1997)
  • 1933-04-28 Karl Heinz Wahren, German pianist and composer, born in Bonn, Germany
  • 1933-05-23 John Browning, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1956), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2003)
  • 1933-08-11 Tamas Vasary, pianist/conductor
  • 1933-10-13 Adam Kaczyński, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2010)
  • 1933-10-27 Floyd Cramer, American Hall of Fame pianist (Last Date, On the Rebound), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1934-01-26 Huey "Piano" Smith, American rhythm and blues pianist (Rockin' Pneumonia & Boogie Woogie Flu, Having a Good Time), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1934-01-31 Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist
  • 1934-04-07 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1934-05-19 Jan Wijn, Dutch pianist
  • 1934-05-22 Peter Nero [Bernard Nierow], American conductor and pianist (A Sunday in NY, Philadelphia POPS), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934-06-07 Philippe Entremont, French pianist and conductor (Vienna Chamber Orchestra), born in Reims, France
  • 1934-06-07 Samuel Lipman, American pianist and music critic, born in Los Gatos, California (d. 1994)
  • 1934-06-26 Dave Grusin, American jazz pianist and composer specializing in film scores (The Milagro Beanfield War), born in Littleton, Colorado
  • 1934-07-12 Van Cliburn, American pianist (Tchaikovsky Competition winner, 1958), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1934-09-11 Oliver Jones, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Little Burgundy, Montreal, Quebec
  • 1934-10-29 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1934-11-14 Ellis Marsalis, American jazz pianist & teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1935-01-01 Harold Martina, Netherland Antilles, pianist/conductor
  • 1935-01-08 Ian Bargh, Scottish-born Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Prestwick, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • 1935-01-15 Malcolm Frager, American pianist, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1935-05-13 Nigel Butterley, Australian pianist and composer (The True Samaritan), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1935-05-27 Ramsey Lewis, American jazz-pop pianist (Hang on Sloopy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935-06-06 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), born in Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 2017)

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 401 - 452 of 452

  • 2006-06-06 Billy Preston, American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle (David Brenner Show), dies following long-term health issues at 59
  • 2006-06-06 Hilton Ruiz, Puerto Rican-American jazz pianist (b. 1952)
  • 2006-09-02 [Jean-Josephat] Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist and composer (Implosion Symphony), dies of liver cancer at 80
  • 2006-11-29 Nina Milkina, Russian British pianist, dies at 87
  • 2006-12-16 Pnina Salzman, Israeli pianist (b. 1922)
  • 2007-02-02 Joe Hunter, American pianist and bandleader of The Funk Brothers (b. 1927)
  • 2007-04-20 Andrew Hill, American jazz composer and pianist (b. 1931)

Person of interestOscar Peterson

2007-12-23 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies of kidney failure at 82

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • 2007-12-25 Hans Otte, German composer and pianist (The Book of Sounds, Book of Hours), dies at 81
  • 2008-06-14 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (b. 1964)
  • 2008-10-24 Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
  • 2009-02-07 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, dies of natural causes at 84
  • 2009-03-04 Joseph Bloch, American concert pianist and professor of piano literature (b. 1917)
  • 2009-07-27 George Russell, American jazz pianist (The Jazz Workshop), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • 2009-08-31 Maria de Lourdes Martins, Portuguese pianist and composer, dies at 83
  • 2009-09-19 Arthur Ferrante, American pianist and composer (Ferrante & Teicher - Exodus), dies at 88
  • 2009-09-25 Alicia de Larrocha, Spanish pianist (Orquesta Sinfonica), dies at 86
  • 2010-02-15 Adam Kaczyński, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 76
  • 2010-03-03 Dudley "Big Tiny" Little Jr, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 79
  • 2010-03-10 Édgar Valcárcel, Peruvian pianist and composer, dies at 77
  • 2010-05-13 Lode Backx, Flemish pianist, dies at 87
  • 2010-05-16 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 91
  • 2010-12-19 Trudy Pitts, American jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist (b. 1932)
  • 2011-02-14 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist (Lullaby of Birdland), dies at 91
  • 2011-06-07 Hubert Du Plessis, South African pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • 2011-09-19 Johnny Răducanu, Romanian jazz pianist (b. 1931)
  • 2012-01-02 Ian Bargh, Canadian jazz pianist & composer, dies from lung cancer at 76
  • 2012-01-05 Hikaru Hayashi, Japanese pianist, conductor and composer (Onibaba), dies at 80
  • 2012-06-13 Graeme Bell, Australian pianist and composer, dies at 97
  • 2012-12-05 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist and composer (Gates of Justice), dies from heart failure at 91
  • 2012-12-09 Charles Rosen, American pianist and musicologist (Sonata Forms), dies at 85
  • 2012-12-20 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, dies from diabetes and hypertension at 91
  • 2013-02-22 Wolfgang Sawallisch, German conductor and pianist, dies aged 89
  • 2013-02-27 Van Cliburn, American pianist (Tchaikovsky Competition winner, 1958), dies at 78
  • 2013-06-02 Mario Bernardi, Canadian pianist and conductor, dies at 82
  • 2013-07-02 Bengt Hallberg, Swedish jazz pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • 2013-08-20 Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz), dies at 95
  • 2013-12-06 Stan Tracey, British jazz pianist, dies at 86
  • 2014-04-06 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist, dies at 87
  • 2014-12-13 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), dies at 86
  • 2015-02-03 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, dies at 76
  • 2015-02-13 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, dies at 75
  • 2015-11-29 George Hadjinikos, Greek pianist and conductor, dies at 92
  • 2016-08-20 Irving Fields, American composer and pianist (Miami Beach Rhumba), dies at 101
  • 2016-11-06 Zoltan Kocsis, Hungarian pianist and conductor, dies of cancer at 64
  • 2017-03-03 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), dies at 81
  • 2018-04-05 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, dies at 89
  • 2018-08-23 George Theophilus Walker, African-American pianist, composer and teacher (Lilacs; In Praise Of Folly), dies at 96
  • 2019-02-28 André Previn, German born American conductor (London Symphony), film scorer (My Fair Lady) and pianist, dies at 89
  • 2019-09-25 Paul Badura-Skoda, Austrian pianist (Mozart Interpretation), dies at 91
  • 2020-02-01 Peter Serkin, American pianist (Tashi), dies at 72
  • 2020-03-06 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), dies at 81