Leo Smit

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Birthday
12, 1921
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Dec 12, 1999 (78)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
12, 1921
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Dec 12, 1999 (78)

About

Innovative musician known for his thematic recitals and for performing new composers like Aaron Copland. He was also a photographer.

Before Fame

He worked as choreographer George Balanchine's rehearsal pianist, during which time he became acquainted with Igor Stravinsky.

Trivia

He co-wrote an opera with British astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle, titled "The Alchemy of Love." The unusual duo also tackled an oratorio about Copernicus.

Family Life

He was taken to Russia by his mother while he was still a child so that he could take lessons with famed composer Dmitri Kabalevsky.

Associated With

He used Emily Dickinson's writings as the source material for nearly 100 compositions.