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RUDOLF FIRKUN - PIANIST

Autographed 5 x 7 original photograph of the great Czech-American concert pianist at his Staatsburg country homes, July 1987.

Firkun (1912-1994) was the greatest Czech born pianist of his generation. A pupil of Vilem Kurz, as well as Leos Janacek and Josef Suk, he became a European sensation in the 1920s. He also had later studies with Alfred Cortot and Artur Schnabel. He made his London debut in 1938 and his American debut at Town Hall in New York City in 1938. Within the year, as a Jewish musician he escaped Czechoslovakia and settled in the United States which was his home for the rest of his life. One of the greatest pianists of his generation, his international career he gave his final concert in Georgia six months before his death. He passed away in his Staatsburg home at the age of 82.

An unusual photograph of the pianist we have not seen before.