The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 
 Gregor Piatigorsky

Gregor Piatigorsky

Birth
Dnipropetrovs'k, Dnipropetrovs'ka, Ukraine
Death 6 Aug 1976 (aged 73)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section D, Lot 154
Memorial ID 809 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Cellist. As a child, he survived a pogrom. As a young man, he performed with Chaliapin and became first cellist for the Bolshoi Orchestra. At about age 18, he escaped to Poland by swimming the border rapids with his cello held over his head. Stories report that his orchestral entrances, with his cello triumphantly held high as he moved through the orchestra, were founded in his early experience. His US debut in 1929 launched a 20-year professional career that, despite bouts of stage fright, included world tours, performances with Jascha Heifetz and other well-known musicians, and a teaching stint at the University of Southern California. He told his students, "You must be able to say with great feeling, 'I hate you' or 'I love you.' Once you are able to say that, you will find you can play the cello."

Bio by: Shiver


Family Members


Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

How famous was Gregor Piatigorsky?

Current rating:

39 votes

Sign-in to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 809
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gregor Piatigorsky (17 Apr 1903–6 Aug 1976), Find A Grave Memorial no. 809, citing Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .