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JORGE BOLET - PIANIST

Autographed 8” x 10” glossy promotional photograph of the Cuban born, American virtuoso pianist showing one of his hands, December, 1963.

Bolet (1914-1990) was born in Cuba and began piano lessons with his sister at the age of seven.  By nine he was playing local recitals and with local orchestras.  He was heard by a Mrs. Hoskinson, the wife of an American industrialist in Cuba who convinced him to audition in Philadelphia at the Curtis Institute and financed the trip.  In 1927 he auditioned for Isabelle Vengerova and David Saperton and then for Josef Hofmann and was accepted with a scholarship.  His first teacher was Saperton and he studied with him until 1934.  He also studied conducting with Fritz Reiner there.  In 1932 he was also studying in New York with Leopold Godowsky and Moriz Rosenthal and slightly later with Rudolf Serkin.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1932 with Reiner at the podium.  He made his British recital debut in 1935 at Aeolian Hall.  He won the Naumberg Prize in 1937.  The years 1942-1947 he served as an officer in the Army primarily in Japan where among other things he was the Music Director of a production of the “Mikado”.  (A first in Japan)  After he was discharged he spent some remedial time with Abram Chasins. Bolet made his first recordings in 1952 and his career took off from there.  He was known as a Liszt pianist and recorded a substantial amount of Liszt’s works. That said, he was equally admired for his performances of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann and much of the Romantic repertory.  Norman dello Joio wrote a piano sonata for him which he premiered. Whilst he was accused of playing the repertoire his way, he always argued he kept the composer’s attentions in mind.

A wonderful photograph showing one of his big paws!    

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