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
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    Dvorak: Piano Concerto And Piano Quintets / Firkusny, Neumann
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802212 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann
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    The Art Of Erica Morini -  Westminster / American Decca Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 40044 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Erica Morini,  Leon Pommers,  Walter Trampler,  Felix Galimir  ... 
    Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski,  Nicholas Harsanyi,  Frederic Waldman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Princeton Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Aeterna
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    Dvorak In Prague: A Celebration (Remastered)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 756035 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Rudolf Firkusny,  Frederica Von Stade
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus
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    Great Czech Conductors - Rafael Kubelik
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4080 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Vaclav Dobias
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Janacek: Piano Works / Rudolf Firkusny
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802091 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
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  • 6.
    Ultimate Piano Concerto Collection (W/Cdrom) (Box)
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9098 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Evgeni Kissin,  Karin Lechner,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Eduardo Marturet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Israel Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Icon: William Steinberg
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 26486 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein,  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rudolf Firkusny Plays Dvorak, Smetana, Dussek, Benda, Etc
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5058 Release Date: 06/10/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Bedrich Smetana,  Vaclav Tomasek,  Jan Vaclav Vorisek  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
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    Yo-Yo Ma - 30 Years Outside the Box
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 752307 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 90
    Composer:  Sandeep Das,  Traditional,  Kayhan Kalhor,  Zhou Long  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Gramley,  Kim Dong-Won,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Mark Suter  ... 
    Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya,  John T. Williams,  Ennio Morricone,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Qi Lin  ... 
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    Janacek: Sinfonietta, Taras Bulba, Concertino / Kubelik, Firkusny, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4800643 Release Date: 08/04/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 5 / Rudolf Firkusny
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69018 Release Date: 07/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    Masterworks: Dvorak
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 954334 Release Date: 10/21/2008   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny,  Ruggiero Ricci,  Zara Nelsova,  Jiri Hudec  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Paavo Järvi,  Walter Susskind,  John Farrer  ... 
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    Firkusny Plays Janacek
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60147 Release Date: 07/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
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    Dvorak, Martinu, Beethoven / Kubelik, Firkusny, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1421 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Mendelssohn, Chopin, Strauss: Cello Sonatas / Piatigorsky, Pennario, Firkunsny
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1419 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Frédéric Chopin,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Gregor Piatigorsky,  Leonard Pennario,  Rudolf Firkusny
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    Schubert, Martinu, Mussorgsky, Chopin, Smetana / Rudolf Firkusny
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4238 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
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    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5, Etc / Firkusny, Steinberg
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66888 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Violin Sonatas / Milstein, Balsam, Firkusny
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66874 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny,  Nathan Milstein,  Artur Balsam
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    Firkusny Edition - Debussy By Firkusny
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66067 Release Date: 12/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
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    Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1;  Schubert / Firkusny, Steinberg
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67019 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    Martinu: Cello Sonatas / János Starker, Rudolf Firkusny
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61220 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  János Starker,  Rudolf Firkusny
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    Firkusny Edition - Firkusny Plays Brahms
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66065 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny,  William Primrose
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    Schumann: Davidsbündler Dances, Etc / Rudolf Firkusny
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66068 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
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    Smetana: Polkas And Dances; Debussy / Rudolf Firkusny
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66069 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
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    Festspieldokumente - Salzburger Orchesterkonzerte / Szell
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 704077 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon,  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  George Szell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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