Julius Katchen

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Julius Katchen

Julius Katchen (born August 15, 1926 in Long Branch, New Jersey , † April 29, 1969 in Paris ) was an American pianist of Russian-Jewish descent.

He made his debut at the age of 11 with a Mozart concert in Philadelphia under the direction of Eugene Ormandy . A child prodigy career was averted, however, and he continued to study with his grandparents, who had taught at the conservatories in Warsaw and Moscow , and later with Godowsky's student David Saperton . Then he took a degree in philosophy and franz. Language in Haverford and at the Sorbonne . From that point on, he also lived in France .

Katchen's repertoire was initially broad, but from the end of the 1950s it concentrated more and more on the works of Johannes Brahms . In this way, he not only recorded his entire solo piano work (a recording that continues to set standards in terms of power, virtuosity and penetration), but also the two piano concertos and a number of chamber music works (with Josef Suk Jr. and János Starker ). On December 11, 1968, he took part in the Rolling Stones ' Rock 'n' Roll Circus .

Katchen died of leukemia at the age of 42 .

Individual evidence

  1. 88 notes pour piano solo , Jean-Pierre Thiollet , Neva Editions, 2015 ( ISBN 978-2-3505-5192-0 ), p. 50, pp. 119–120.

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