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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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​ 1941 - Death of Polish statesman, pianist, and composer Ignace Jan Paderewski in New York City at age of 80.
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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 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 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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June 14

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1835 Birth of Russian composer and pianist Nikolai Grigoryevich Rubinstein in Moscow. Brother of Anton. He died in Paris on March 23, 1881. 
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June 14

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1982 Birth of Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang in Shenyang, Liaoning, China.
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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 6

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Birth of Russian-American pianist and conductor Boris Goldovsky. Died in Brookline, Massachusetts on February 15, 2001. Texaco offered him a weekend job as Master of Ceremonies covering the intermission periods of the Texaco-sponsored Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts.
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June 5

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1941 - Birth of Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich. What is your favorite performance? 
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June 2

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1846 - Debut of pianist Camille Saint-Seans in Paris. YouTube has a video of him playing his Valse Mignonne if you are curious!  
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June 1

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It was a great day for the birth of piano makers! 1757 - Birth of Austrian piano maker Ignaz Joseph Pleyel near Vienna. 1826 - Birth of piano maker - F. W. Bechstein in Gotha.
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May 29

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1910 - Death of Russian composer Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev ​ at age 73 in Petersburg. In the late-1850s and early 1860s Balakirev brought together the composers known as The Russian Five (or the Mighty Handful) that included Alexander Borodin, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Balakirev w...
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May 26

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1938 Birth of American composer and pianist William Bolcom in Seattle, Washington. He taught at the University of Michigan for 35 years. He has received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Arts, a Grammy Award, the Detroit Music Award and was named 2007 Composer of the Year by Musical America. Perhaps the most-played piano composition is...
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May 23

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1923 - Birth of Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha in Barcelona.  She died on September 25, 2009 at the age of 86. Our editor's pick? Her recording of the Schubert little A Major Sonata, Op. 120 (D 664).
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May 22

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1924 - Premiere of Igor Stravinsky's Concerto for Piano and Winds  at the Paris Opéra conducted by Serge Koussevitzky, with the composer at the piano. It was written specifically for the Koussevitzky Concert series. Strains of Petroushka can be heard in the first movements. There is a magnificent recording of this piece on YouTube pl...
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May 18

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1909 Death of Spanish composer and pianist Isaac Albéniz in Cambo-les-Bains, France, just before his 49th birthday. He was born on May 29, 1860.
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