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March 17

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1830 Premiere of Frédéric Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, with Chopin as soloist, in Warsaw.  
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March 1

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1810 - Birth of pianist, Frédéric Chopin in Zelazowa Wola, Poland. He died on October 17, 1849, in Paris, France. Some of the world's most beautiful music was composed in between. Here's a favorite recording from pianist Krystian Zimerman.
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February 27

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2013 - Death of pianist Van Cliburn. Born 12 July 1934 in Shreveport, Louisiana. As a child was taught by his mother, in 1958 was the first American to win the Tchaikovsky Prize in Moscow and became an American hero. See our January/February 2018 review of the book, When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn's Cold War Triumph, and Its...
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February 24

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1771 Birth of German pianist, piano craftsman, teacher and composer Johann Baptist Cramer in Mannheim. Died in London, on April 16, 1858. Here is his Sonata in A minor "L'Ultima", Op. 53, 1813. 
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February 17

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1855 - Premiere of Liszt's First Piano Concerto in E-flat Major, in Weimar, German.  Liszt was the soloist with Hector Berlioz conducting.  
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February 8

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1946 - Premiere of Bela Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3, finished by Tibor Serly. Philadelphia Orchestra with Eugene Ormandy conducting and György Sándor as the pianist. Bartók died in 1945.
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February 6

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1903 - Birth of Chilean-American pianist Claudio Arrau. Died in Austria on June 9, 1991.  
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January 31

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1986 Premiere of Joan Tower's Piano Concerto Homage to Beethoven with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Imre Pallo and Jacquelyn M. Helin as pianist. (photo Noah Sheldon)
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January 28

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  1927 Premiere of Aaron Copland's Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony conducted by Serge Koussevitzky with Copland as soloist.
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January 21

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 1859 Premiere of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 in Hanover, with Brahms as the soloist.
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January 27

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1731 - Death of Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori in Florence at age 76. The harpsichord craftsman credited with inventing the piano.  
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January 20

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1876 - Birth of Polish pianist and composer Josef Hofmann. Died in 1957.  
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January 14

George Gershwin
1934 - Premiere of George Gershwin's I Got Rhythm Variations for piano and orchestra at Boston Symphony Hall. Leo Reisman Orchestra conducted by Charles Previn, with the Gershwin as the pianist.  
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January 14

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1932 - Premiere of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G in Paris, with Marguerite Long as the soloist and Ravel as conductor.
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January 5

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1931- Birth of Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel in Wiesenburg, Moravia.
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December 30

1904 - Birth of Russian composer and pianist Dimitri Kabalevsky in St. Petersburg. d. Moscow, Feb. 16, 1987.
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December 9

1949  Premiere of Samuel Barber's Piano Sonata by Vladimir Horowitz, in Havana, Cuba.  
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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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November 2

1785 Birth of German pianist and composer Frederic Kalkbrenner in Kassel. He died in Deuil, on June 10, 1849.
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