Vladimir Horowitz was born in Kiev, Ukraine on October 1, 1903. His mother was a pianist and gave him lessons from an early age. He enrolled at the Kieve Conservatory in 1912, remaining there until 1919. He performed Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 for his graduation and soon began touring and performing across Russia and traveling to Berlin, London, and New York City. He made his American debut at Carnegie Hall in 1928. In 1932 he met conductor Arturo Toscanini, and the two began to perform and record music together. The following year he married Toscanini’s daughter Wanda. They had one daughter, Sonia, who was born in 1934. The family officially moved to New York in 1940, where they would remain until his death on November 5, 1989. Horowitz is regarded as one of the most talented pianists of the 20th century.
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