Jorge Bolet

Biography

Born: November 15, 1914; Havana, Cuba   Died: October 16, 1990; Mountain View, CA  
Virtuoso pianist Jorge Bolet began his keyboard studies at the age of nine. His progress excited his local teachers and he received a scholarship at the age of 12 to study in the United States, at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. There his piano teacher was David Saperton. Beginning in 1932 he studied with Leopold Godowsky and Moritz Rosenthal, and, briefly, with Rudolf Serkin. He won the Naumburg Prize in 1937 and the Josef Hofmann Read more Award in 1938. He became Rudolf Serkin's teaching assistant at the Curtis Institute in 1939. In 1942 he joined the United States armed forces. After the end of the war he was a part of the U.S. cccupying forces in Japan. There, he conducted the first performance in that country of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. He resumed his piano career after taking private lessons with Abram Chasins. Over a period of a few years he developed a reputation as a virtuoso player of astonishing power, able to play the most difficult works by Liszt with an impression of natural ease that left the feeling that there was no limit to his pianistic range. He became the head of the piano faculty at Curtis, and also was on the piano faculty of Indiana University at Bloomington. While in the United States he preferred the pronunciation "George" for his first name.

Until nearly the end of his life he maintained a major performing and recording career. His recordings were primarily for the Decca (London) company. He produced many estimable performances, notably those of the major piano works by Franz Liszt, as well as concertos and other works. As exciting as some of these recordings were, he was an artist whose full range of brilliance was not caught by the microphone. Read less
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    Mendelssohn, Beethoven & Liszt: Piano Works / Bolet
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 19413 Release Date: 04/12/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt,  Leopold Godowsky  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
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    Jorge Bolet, Vol. 3: Berlin, 1961-1974
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 21459 Release Date: 02/01/2019   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
    Conductor:  Moshe Atzmón
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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    Jorge Bolet: The RIAS recordings, Vol. 2 / de Waart, Foster, Berlin Radio Symphony
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 97738 Release Date: 03/02/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
    Conductor:  Edo de Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Decca Sound: The Piano Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832243 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Liszt,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Julius Katchen,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  André Previn  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Bernard Haitink,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Color Me Classical
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002528702 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Erik Satie,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Pascal Rogé,  Emma Johnson,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Music Lab Collective
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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall (Selected Highlights)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 530420 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Paul de Schlözer,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Turini,  Artur Rubinstein,  Jorge Bolet,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Arturo Toscanini,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    The Art of Itzhak Perlman
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 518338 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Itzhak Perlman,  John Williams,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Juilliard String Quartet
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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Bruno Walter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
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    Liszt: Sonata in B Minor; Dante Sonata / Jorge Bolet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002386702 Release Date: 10/16/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
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    Clair de Lune & Liebestraum - Piano Music To Dream By
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88697757892 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Van Cliburn,  Vladimir Horowitz,  Artur Rubinstein,  Glenn Gould  ... 
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    Piano Encores / Jorge Bolet
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 002126902 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Leopold Godowsky  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
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    Schubert: Piano Sonatas D 784 & 959 / Jorge Bolet
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 002083302 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
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    Piano Recital 1988: Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Beethoven, Liszt / Bolet
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93725 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
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    Itzhak Perlman - Concertos, Sonatas & more...
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5438882 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Erich Leinsdorf,  André Previn,  John Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Juilliard String Quartet,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Piano Concertos & Sonatas / Backhaus, Bolet, Koroliov, Buchbinder
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 13033 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus,  Yevgeny Koroliov,  Rudolf Buchbinder,  Jorge Bolet
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Jorge Bolet - The Last Romantic
    Label: Imports   Catalog: 1037610 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Felix Mendelssohn,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
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    Bruckner, Brahms, Mussorgsky... / Gunter Wand
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12043 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Gunter Wand Edition Vol 20 - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto; Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 9029 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Classical 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675702 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Francesco Cilča,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  Antonio Pappano,  Marco Armiliato,  Daniele Callegari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini
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  • 20.
    Jorge Bolet: His Earliest Recordings
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6009 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
    Conductor:  Thor Johnson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Liszt Illuminated / Claudio Arrau, Jorge Bolet, Gunnar Johansen
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52065 Release Date: 03/01/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet,  Gunnar Johansen,  Claudio Arrau
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  • 22.
    Debussy: 16 Preludes / Jorge Bolet
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802026 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
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  • 23.
    Jorge Bolet - The Romantic Virtuoso
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001479502 Release Date: 10/05/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Paul de Schlözer,  Isaac Albeniz,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    A Century Of Romantic Chopin
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 54001 Release Date: 08/19/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Moritz Rosenthal,  Alfred Cortot,  Rosita Renard,  Sydney Foster  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
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  • 25.
    Ultimate Classical Dreams - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280302 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Samuel Barber,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Marisa Robles,  Jack Brymer,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  David Zinman,  Frederick Fennell,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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