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JOHN BROWNING - PIANIST

Autographed and inscribed 8” x 10” photograph of the then thirty year old concert pianist, September, 1963.

Browning (1930-2003) was one of America’s foremost concert pianists of the 20th Century.  Born to a violinist father and pianist mother, began his lessons with his mother and could play a Mozart piano concerto by the age of ten.  When Rosina Lhévinne was in Denver to teach master classes, he auditioned with her and was accepted into those classes.  His family moved to Los Angeles in 1945 and he began to study with Lee Pattison. (A student of Liszt’s pupil Carl Baermann and later, Artur Schnabel.) He was accepted into Lhévinne’s class a Juilliard in 1950.  Four years later he won the Steinway Centennial Award and stipend.  A year later he won the prestigious at the time Leventritt Competition. (No longer awarded) He had a very productive year in 1956 playing his New York Philharmonic debut playing the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini on February 5th, with Dimitri Mitropoulos on the podium. He then went to the Netherlands where he won the silver medal in the Queen Elisabeth Competition.  After the competition, he was in demand throughout the world.  On September 24, 1962, Browning played the World Premiere of Samuel Barber’s piano concerto with Erich Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony Orchestra which had been written expressly for him.  He played the piece world wide in over 400 performances in 20 years and his second recording with Leonard Slatkin won a Grammy.  Thereafter, Browning was closely associated with Barber’s piano works, later winning a Grammy Award for a disc of solo piano works in 1993.  That said, Browning was not enamored with the works of other contemporary composers of the time.  Browning played a varied diet of works, from Scarlatti to Prokofiev, he became well known for his elegant interpretations of the works of Bach and Scarlatti, though he also played Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Copland, Debussy, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Ravel and Schubert among others.  RCA released a complete box set of his recordings.