October 27

1901 Premier of Serge Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto in Moscow. with the 28-year old  as soloist.
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October 29

1950 First Premier of Aaron Copland's Quartet for Piano and Strings. New York Quartet at a Coolidge Festival concert at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Commissioned by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Coolidge Foundation.  
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October 23

1897 First Premier of Alexander Scriabin's piano concerto with the composer as soloist in Odessa.
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October 17

1831 First Premier of Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25 with the composer as soloist in Munich.  
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October 13

1855 First Premier of first version of Brahms' Piano Trio No. 1 in B in Danzig.
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November 20

1937 - Birth of American pianist Ruth Laredo in Detroit. She died in NYC, May 26, 2005.
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November 24

1934 Birth of Russian composer Alfred Schnittke in Engels, Russia. He died in Hamburg, Germany on Aug 3, 1998. 
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November 24

1865 - Premiere of Johannes Brahms' piano work Variations on a Theme of Paganini Op. 35, in Zürich, Switzerland.  
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November 28

1811 - Premiere of Beethoven's "Emperor" Piano Concerto No. 5 in Leipzig with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Johann Philip Christian Schultz conducting, Friedrich Schneider, soloist. 
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October 10

1971 Birth of Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin in Moscow. ​
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October 31

1875 Premier of Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 44, conducted by Edouard Colonne with the composer as soloist, in Paris.
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July 12

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1934 Birth of American pianist Van Cliburn in Shreveport Louisiana. As a child was taught by his mother, in 1958 was the first American to win the Tchaikovsky Prize in Moscow.
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June 29

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1824 -13 year old Franz Liszt performs a demonstration of the new Piano Forte invented by Sebastian Erard, at Drury Lane in London.  
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June 29

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​1941 - Death of Polish statesman, pianist, and composer Ignace Jan Paderewski in New York City at age of 80.
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June 26

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1986 - Premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's piano Concerto. Marc-André Hamelin, soloist with Detroit Symphony, with Günther Herbig conducting.  Enjoy a recording of this historic performance by clicking here. 
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June 23

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1824 - Birth of German pianist, composer, conductor and teacher Carl Reineke in Altona (Hamburg), Germany . He died in Leipzig on March 10, 1910. He was the director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra concerts in Leipzig for three decades, and professor of composition and piano at the Conservatorium.
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June 20

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1946 - Birth of American pianist André Watts in Nuremberg, Germany. He currently serves as Professor of Music in Piano as the Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair in Music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. In 2014, he was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. 
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June 18

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1757 Birth of Austrian piano manufacturer and composer Ignaz Joseph Pleyel in Ruppertsthal, Austria. He died in Paris, on November 14, 1831. The Pleyel company later supplied pianos to Frédéric Chopin.Although he was quite a popular composer in his day, his music quickly fell into obscurity. 
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June 9

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1912 - Premiere of Igor Stravinsky's four-hand piano version of the score for The Rite of Spring. Soloists were Claude Debussy and Stravinsky!  
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June 14

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1881 - The player piano was patented by John McTammany, Jr. of Cambridge, MA. Shown is a ​​Chase & Baker player piano, Buffalo, NY, USA, circa 1885.
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