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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  • 26.
    Dvorak: Piano Concerto;  Janacek: Concertino, Capriccio
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60781 Release Date: 08/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny,  Jiri Seidl,  Ivan Doksansky,  Jan Marek  ... 
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Dvorák: Piano Quintets / Firkusny, Ridge String Quartet
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60436 Release Date: 07/19/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny,  Krista Bennion-Feeney,  Peter Wyrick,  Robert Rinehart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ridge String Quartet
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  • 28.
    Martinu: Piano Sonata No 1, Les Ritournelles, Etc / Firkusny
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7987 Release Date: 06/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
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  • 29.
    Franck: Symphonie, Variations Symphoniques / Flor, Firkusny
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60146 Release Date: 06/15/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  Claus Peter Flor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Josef Suk & Rudolf Firkusny
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4405 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Leos Janácek,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny,  Josef Suk
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  • 31.
    Dvorak: Piano Concerto, Cello Concerto / Rivinius, Firkusny
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4406 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Gustav Rivinius,  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Haydn, Brahms, Schubert / Firkusny
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4173 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
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  • 33.
    Chopin, Janácek, Mussorgsky / Rudolf Firkusny
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 633041 Release Date: 11/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Frédéric Chopin,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
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  • 34.
    Mozart: Twelve Great Piano Concertos / Klien, Brendel, Et Al
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3609 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Walter Klien,  Ingrid Haebler,  Alan Weiss,  Rudolf Firkusny  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Karl Melles,  Peter Maag,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra  ... 
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  • 35.
    Schumann, Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos / Firkusny, Froment
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: ACD 8208 Release Date: 09/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  Louis de Froment
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Westminster - Dvorak: Piano Concerto, Etc / Firkusny, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471266 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  Laszlo Somogyi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Milstein - Encores - Kreisler, Debussy, Szymanowski, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66872 Release Date: 07/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Karol Szymanowski,  Josef Suk,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein,  Leon Pommers,  Rudolf Firkusny,  Carlo Bussotti
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  • 38.
    Juilliard String Quartet - 50 Years Vol 5 - Collaborations
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62709 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  César Franck,  Aaron Copland,  Robert Schumann,  Arnold Schoenberg  ... 
    Performer:  Joel Krosnick,  Jorge Bolet,  Robert Mann,  Earl Carlyss  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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  • 39.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 16 / Firkusny, Bour
    Label: Intercord Classical Creations   Catalog: 820546 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  Ernest Bour
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Dvorak In Prague - A Celebration
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46687 Release Date: 03/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny,  Itzhak Perlman,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Frederica Von Stade
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 41.
    Dvorak: String Quartet
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 48170 Release Date: 06/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Joel Krosnick,  Robert Mann,  Rudolf Firkusny,  Earl Carlyss  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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  • 42.
    Dvorák: The 2 Piano Quartets, Etc / Firkusny, Juilliard Qt
    Label: Cbs Odyssey   Catalog: 45672 Release Date: 01/14/1991   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet
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