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 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 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 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 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 was...
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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 15

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1958 John Cage's Piano Concerto published. The premiere was held at New York's Town Hall. Cage consulted the I Ching while compositing the concerto, which includes catcalls, noise from the piano, and attempts to elicit audience applause early with false endings according to AllMusic.com
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May 14

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Death of composer and pianist Fanny Mendelssohn from complications of a stroke. Many of her compositions were published under her brother's name, Felix Mendelssohn. 
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May 10

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1965 - Pianist Vladimir Horowitz returns to the concert stage in New York City after a twelve-year performing break, at Carnegie Hall. The audience applauded with a standing ovation that lasted for 30 minutes.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQqLRmxzr5g
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May 8

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1927 - Birth of American pianist and writer Charles Rosen. Died 9 Dec 2012. He was a long-time professor at Florida State University and one of our editors enjoyed taking his piano lit course there. He offered concerts of all of the Beethoven sonatas, with audience members voting on their choices of four before heading into the auditorium.&nbs...
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May 5

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April 26

Beethoven
1783 - at 13 years old, Beethoven is appointed keyboard performer at court orchestra in Bonn.
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April 22

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1961-premiere of Albert Ginastera Piano Concerto No. 1, in Washington D.C. It was first performed by the pianist João Carlos Martins and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Howard Mitchell in Washington D.C.  and the concerto was Ginastera's first composition for piano since his Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 22...
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April 20

Horowitz
1986 - Vladimir Horowitz returned to his homeland at age 82, after 60 years to give piano recital at Moscow Conservatory. Click here to view a moving article in the New York Times about that special day.
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March 26

Johannes Brahms
1874 - Premiere of Johannes Brahms's Variations on a Hungarian Song, Op. 21 no. 2 for piano, in London.
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March 13

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1915 - Debut of pianist Percy Grainger with New York Philharmonic, playing Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16. Here's a recording of our March/April 2018 cover, Benjamin Grosvenor, playing the concerto. Click here.
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