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JOSEF HOFMANN - PIANIST

Autographed photograph by the Russian pianist, Moscow, 1913.† He writes Moscow in Polish, Moskwa.

Hofmann (1876-1957) performed in recitals and concerts from the age of 5.† His demanding Father took him on tours throughout Europe and the United States.† In 1892 at the age of 16, he was brought to Anton Rubinstein who accepted him as a pupil at the Moscow Conservatory.† Two years later under Rubinsteinís auspices he made his adult professional debut in Hamburg.† In November, 1912, Hofmann returned to Russia and played some 21 recital through February of 1913.† The number of recitals was not the feat, the real feat was that he performed 255 individual works in those recitals all without the aid of a score.† As far as we know, no previous pianist had performed such a vast array of works from memory in recital over such a short period of time.† At the age of 37, he had achieved such legendary status that the City of St. Petersburg awarded him the key to the city.

An important Hofmann souvenir!

 

 

 

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