Vladimir Horowitz

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Birthday
1, 1903
Birthplace
Kiev, Ukraine
Death Date
Nov 5, 1989 (86)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
1, 1903
Birthplace
Kiev, Ukraine
Death Date
Nov 5, 1989 (86)

About

Considered one of the 20th century's greatest pianists. He was known for his tone color and the excitement infused within his work.

Before Fame

He was paid in bread, butter, and chocolate in lieu of money while touring in Russia.

Trivia

He possessed major doubts about his musical talents and had to be forced to perform, often canceling public appearances because of his creative insecurities.

Family Life

His career really began as a means to support his family after they lost everything in the Russian Revolution. He married Wanda Toscanini on December 21, 1933.

Associated With

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan in 1986.