Josef Hofmann

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Birthday
20, 1876
Birthplace
Poland
Death Date
Feb 16, 1957 (81)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
20, 1876
Birthplace
Poland
Death Date
Feb 16, 1957 (81)

About

Child prodigy, educator, and inventor who was considered the greatest pianist of his day until alcoholism wreaked havoc on his talents.

Before Fame

He was compared to Mozart and Mendelssohn after giving critically acclaimed concerts in Europe, Scandinavia, and the United States during the late 1880s.

Trivia

He released well over 100 compositions under the pseudonym Michel Dvorsky. He was also an inventor with more than 70 patents to his name, including pneumatic shock absorbers for cars and airplanes.

Family Life

He was born to musical parents: his mother, Matylda Pindelska, was a singer, while his father, Kazimierz Hofmann, was a composer, conductor, and pianist.

Associated With

He was declared "an unprecedented talent" by Anton Rubinstein after the composer heard him perform Beethoven's C minor Piano Concerto at the age of seven.