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Gregor Piatigorsky : The Life and Career of the Virtuoso Cellist (Paperback)

Author: King, Terry

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"I was amazed at such a mass of was like reading about my father for the first time."---Dr. Joram Piatigorsky (Gregor's son)

"Gregor Piatigorsky was one of the most fascinating and charismatic people I have ever encountered. His story, by turns tragic and exhilarating, is unique. It is wonderful that Terry King has now chronicled the personal and musical life of this amazing personality."---Steven Isserilis, cellst "This is what we have long been waiting for: a book that finally puts the Great Piatigorsky in historical context. Terry King's amazing research and schloarship enlivens the subject and enlightens his readers; a superb achievement deserving of the deepest bows."---Nathaniel Rosen, cellist

Forced to provide for his family from the age of 8 and thrown out of his home into a bitter Moscow winter at age 12, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky began his career as an archetypal struggling artist, using secondhand and borrowed instruments. When the October Revolution forced his escape to Warsaw, he enjoyed initial success with the Warsaw Philharmonic. Relocating to Berlin a few months later, he again struggled in poverty before eventually emerging as solo cellist with the Berlin Philharmonic. Settling in the United States during World II, Piatigorsky continued a brilliant career that cemented his place as one of the twentieth century's greatest musicians. This all-embracing chronicle of Piatigorsky's tempestuous life and career finally reveals the full life story of a musical legend.

A Grammy-nominated cellist who studied under Piatigorsky, Terry King teaches at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford and at the Longy School of Music. He also directs Lyricafest, a summer, chamber music festival for college and conservatory students.


Publisher McFarland Publishing
Mfg Part# 9780786446353
SKU 213831161
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0786446358
Release Date 7/1/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0358
Publisher McFarland & Company
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