Index - Culture - At the age of 97, a new album for the former prodigy is released

A new album by former musical prodigy Ruth Slenczynska is released. The 97-year-old pianist plays works by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Frederic Chopin on the album.

Decca signed a record deal last year with the artist, who is celebrating her 97th birthday on Saturday, and the album will be released in mid-March, the BBC news portal wrote on Friday.

Slenczynska has performed since the 1920s, when she was four years old. He played for the first time in Berlin at the age of six and in Paris at the age of seven. Rachmaninov was mentioned as his last disciple, often wearing the Fabergé egg necklace he received from the composer, but his masters included Josef Hoffman, Alfred Cort, Egon Petri and Artur Schnabel. As he studied with Samuel Barber, he became acquainted with his world-famous work, Adagio for string orchestra, before he received the title.

She played a four-handed Mozart duet with U.S. President Harry S. Truman, performed as President F. John Kennedy, and was honored by Ronald Reagan as the first American woman to pursue a half-century musical career.

Born in Sacramento, California, his father was violinist Josef Slenczynski, director of the Warsaw Conservatory of Music, before he was wounded in World War I. After settling in America, she has dedicated her life to her daughter’s musical career since birth.

However, because of his father’s rigor and harsh methods, he was so mentally broken by the age of 15 that he could no longer perform.1 In his autobiography published in 1957, he reported on what he had gone through as a child.

As he wrote, people may have been amazed to hear his piano playing because his father forced him to practice for nine hours every day of the week. When he wanted to have a baby or play with his brothers, he immediately cooled down, saying, “These are childish things, and he’s not a baby, but a musician, don’t waste your time on that, but act like an adult young lady.

Leaving his concert career, he earned a degree in psychology from the University of California and escaped with a fellow student. However, he never stopped playing the piano, and he performed again at the Carmel Bach Festival in 1951 and then toured with the Boston Pops for four years.

He recorded ten records with the record company Decca and in 1961 wrote a textbook on the technique of playing the piano. He also had a successful teaching career at the University of Illinois.

In 2020, during the quarantine of the coronavirus epidemic, he recorded Beethoven’s sonatas at his home and posted them on YouTube to celebrate the composer’s 250th birthday.

(via MTI)

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