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|Credit||Family album of Dr. Werner Liebenthal|
|Desc||Photo taken at the Palestine Broadcasting Service studio in Jerusalem, July 1947, after the performance of Piano Concerto (Schumann). Back row: Schoken (Viola), from left: Frenkel (violin), Petruscka (trumpet), Freilich (violin), Liebenthal (percussion), Mirkin (viola), Mense (oboe), Hofmekler (cello), Pressler (piano), Salomon (conductor), Schmuckler (clarinette), von Blaese (flute), Kagan (cello), von Blaese (flute), Behrend (?) (clarinette), Meisels (Bass?), Wagmann(?) (oboe and trumpet), Aron(?) (fagott). Sitting: Edelstein (violin), Grinberg (violin)|
German-born American classical pianist
Menahem Pressler is ...
|Born||16 December 1923 in Magdeburg|
|Died||6 May 2023 in London|
|Age||99 years, 5 months|
|Sex or gender||male|
|Country of citizenship||United States of America and Germany|
|Occupation||classical pianist, academic musician, pianist and musician|
|Awards||Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Gramophone Award for Lifetime Achievement, Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, honorary citizen of Magdeburg, honorary doctor of Ben-Gurion University and Commander of the National Order of Merit|
|Member of||American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Beaux Arts Trio|
|Educated at||Buchmann-Mehta School of Music|
About Menahem Pressler
Menahem Pressler: The Pianist Who Never Stops
Menahem Pressler, born in Magdeburg, Germany in 1923, is one of the most respected and beloved classical pianists of our time. He is best known as the founding member and pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, which he led for over five decades. However, his career as a soloist and chamber musician spans over 70 years and shows no signs of slowing down.
Pressler's musical journey began at the age of six when he started playing the piano. He studied with some of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, including Edwin Fischer and Artur Schnabel. In 1946, he won first prize at the Debussy International Piano Competition in San Francisco, which launched his career as a soloist.
In 1955, Pressler founded the Beaux Arts Trio with violinist Daniel Guilet and cellist Bernard Greenhouse. The trio quickly gained international acclaim for their impeccable musicianship and innovative programming. They performed together for over 50 years, until their retirement in 2008.
Pressler's solo career has been equally impressive. He has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also recorded extensively, with over 50 albums to his name.
Despite his age, Pressler shows no signs of slowing down. He continues to perform regularly, both as a soloist and chamber musician. In 2019, he celebrated his 96th birthday with a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall.
Pressler's musical legacy is not only in his performances but also in his teaching. He has taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for over 60 years and has mentored countless young musicians who have gone on to successful careers.
Pressler's dedication to music and his unwavering passion for the piano have made him a true legend in the classical music world. As he once said, "Music is my life, and I cannot imagine living without it."
- "Menahem Pressler." Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, music.indiana.edu/faculty/current/pressler-menahem.shtml.
- "Menahem Pressler." AllMusic, www.allmusic.com/artist/menahem-pressler-mn0000401166/biography.
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