Rudolf Firkusny

Biography

Born: February 11, 1912; Napajedla, Moravia   Died: July 19, 1994; Staatsburg, NY  
Firku?ný studied both piano and composition with Janacek; from 1920 to 1927, at the Brno Conservatory with Ruzena Kurzová; and at the Prague Conservatory with Vilém Kurz and Rudolf Karel. From 1929-1930, he also studied composition with Suk. Firku?ný made his debut in Prague in 1922 and pursued an active career in Eastern Europe until 1933, when he first played in England, and 1938, when he made his United States debut. His compositions include a Read more piano concerto, premiered in 1930, a string quartet, and various piano pieces and songs.

After his American debut, Firku?ný established an international career as a pianist, later teaching at Juilliard and the Aspen School of Music. Although best known for the standard nineteenth century repertory, Firku?ný was also known for his chamber performances and his championing of both contemporary and lesser known works. He gave premieres of works by Menotti, Barber, Ginastera, Hanson, and Martinu, among others, and championed the works of Dvorák and Janacek in particular. Firku?ný was noted more for his refinement of style rather than for his virtuosity. Read less
Janacek: Piano Works / Rudolf Firkusny
Release Date: 11/15/2011   Label: Newton Classics  
Catalog: 8802091   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorak: Piano Concerto And Piano Quintets / Firkusny, Neumann
Release Date: 11/19/2013   Label: Newton Classics  
Catalog: 8802212   Number of Discs: 2
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