Skip to main content

Haskil, Clara (1895–1960)

Haskil, Clara (1895–1960)

Rumanian pianist known for her recordings with some of the 20th century's best instrumentalists. Born in Bucharest, Rumania, on January 7, 1895; died in Brussels, Belgium, on December 7, 1960; studied in Vienna with Ernst von Dohnanyi; studied at the Paris Conservatory with Alfred Cortot; studied in Berlin with Ferruccio Busoni.

A child prodigy, pianist Clara Haskil made her debut in Bucharest at the age of nine, and then went on to study in Vienna and at the Paris Conservatory, where, at 14, she won the premier prix. During her concert career, which began in 1910, she played with a number of renowned artists, including violinist Georges Enesco, pianist Théophile Ysaÿe, and cellist Pablo Casals, and also soloed with major symphony orchestras throughout Europe and America. Haskil was known as a superb chamber-music performer. Though she was limited in power by her small stature and also plagued by a muscular deficiency which forced her to schedule her concerts around periods of remission, her pianism has been said to have radiated humanity and intelligence,

and her profound musicianship and determined spirit more than compensated for her physical limitations. Haskil made a number of recordings that are still regarded by many to be highly authoritative readings, particularly of key works of Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, and Schubert. Considered particularly fine are those she made with Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux. The pianist died in an accident in Brussels in 1960. A piano competition is held annually in her memory in Geneva, Switzerland.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Haskil, Clara (1895–1960)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 May. 2019 <https://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Haskil, Clara (1895–1960)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. (May 24, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/haskil-clara-1895-1960

"Haskil, Clara (1895–1960)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Retrieved May 24, 2019 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/haskil-clara-1895-1960

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.