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Vladimir Horowitz

  • Birth 1 Oct 1903 Kiev, City of Kiev, Ukraine
  • Death 5 Nov 1989 Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Milan, Città Metropolitana di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
  • Plot In the crypt of his father-in-law, Arturo Toscanini.
  • Memorial ID 1199

Pianist. Born in Kiev, in the Ukraine, the youngest of the four children of Samuel Horowitz and Sofie Bodik. His mother originally taught him to play; he then became a student of Sergio Tarnowsky, and Felix Blumenfeld. He made his concert debut at age 17, and at age 25 began to tour in Europe and US. He developed a flat finger technique to better control the tone and color of each note. His technique excited the audiences, and he became quite a sensation. As for his personal life, he married Wanda the daughter of Auturo Toscanini and had one daughter – Sonia. His playing suffered in the early 80's as a result from depression over the death of his daughter Sonia, and questions about his sexuality. He made a dramatic comeback in 1986 with another tour of Europe and a return to Russia. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan. He died of a heart attack and is buried with the Toscanini family.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1199
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Vladimir Horowitz (1 Oct 1903–5 Nov 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1199, citing Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Città Metropolitana di Milano, Lombardia, Italy ; Maintained by Find A Grave .