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Piatigorsky, Gregor

Piatigorsky, Gregor (b Ekaterinoslav, 1903; d Los Angeles, 1976). Russ.-born cellist (Amer. cit. 1942). Joined Lenin Qt. 1919 and in same year became prin. vc. of Moscow Bolshoy Opera orch. Left Russ. 1921, becoming prin. vc. Berlin PO under Furtwängler 1924–8. Played in Don Quixote many times cond. by Strauss, who admired him greatly. Formed sonata partnership with Schnabel. Amer. début in Oberlin, Ohio, 1929, followed by Dvořák conc. in NY. In 1930s played in trio with Horowitz and Milstein. Taught at Curtis Inst. 1942–51 and at Univ. of S. Calif., Los Angeles, 1962–76. Gave f.ps. of concs. by Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1935), Hindemith (1941), and Walton (1957). Comp. works for vc. and wrote autobiography, Cellist, 1965.

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Piatigorsky, Gregor

Gregor Piatigorsky (pyätĬgôr´skē), 1903–76, Ukrainian-American cellist. Piatigorsky studied with his father and at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1924 he became first cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic, leaving in 1928 to perform solo. He moved (1929) to the United States, where he taught and performed with enormous success. Concertos were written for him by several composers, including Hindemith and Prokofiev.

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