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Price: $225.00

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SHURA CHERKASSKY - PIANIST

Autographed 6.75” x 10” photograph of the legendary Russian-American pianist at the keyboard.

 

We have dealt with any numbers of Cherkassky photographs, they are rarely larger than 5” x 7” and those that are tend to be head shots.  This image is spectacular, large and captures his personality!

 

The pianist (1909-1995) was the protégé of his mother Lydia who studied with Anna Essipova.  The family left Russia at the time of the Revolution and moved to the United States where he was enrolled at Curtis in Philadelphia where he studied with Josef Hofmann.  He made his debut in Baltimore at 11 and shortly afterwards with Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphony Orchestra.  At 14 in 1923, he was invited by Warren G. Harding’s wife to play a recital at the White House.   He made his first overseas tour in 1928 playing concerts and recitals in Australia and South Africa.  He spent the War years in California playing infrequent concerts.  Cherkassky made his first big European tour in 1946 after the War and married the same year and moved to Nice, where his mother had moved.  The marriage was a sham as he was gay and lasted two years, after the death of his Mother he moved to London where he lived for the rest of his life.  He apparently walked right past his ex-wife in London and did not recognize her.

 

Cherkassky apparently practices in a very rudimentary fashion.  He apparently sounded like a youngster practicing.  But in concert he was a true master.  I’ve heard all of the legendary pianists from the 1970’s until today and he seriously left the greatest impression on me of all of them.