Rudolf Serkin

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Birthday
28, 1903
Birthplace
Czech Republic
Death Date
May 8, 1991 (88)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
28, 1903
Birthplace
Czech Republic
Death Date
May 8, 1991 (88)

About

One of the most acclaimed pianists of the 20th century. He performed to world leaders and sold-out halls in both Europe and the U.S.

Before Fame

He was acknowledged as a child prodigy and was already playing with major symphony orchestras at age 12. By his late teens, he had a regular concert series in Berlin.

Trivia

He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1933 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom 30 years later. He celebrated his 100th appearance with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 1972.

Family Life

He was born to a Jewish Russian family in Eger, Bohemia (later Cheb, Czech Republic), moving to Vienna, the seat of classical music, at age nine.

Associated With

He played with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini starting in 1936.