Claudio Arrau

  • February 6, 1903 - June 9, 1991


Born on February 6th, 1903 in Chillán, central Chile, Claudio Arrau almost lived through the 20th century, and permanently left his mark on it as one of the greatest pianists.

As soon as he gave his first concert at the age of 5, Claudio Arrau was noticed as a child prodigy. He played for the Chilean president at age 6 and received a grant two years later to study at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin for 10 years. He studied with Martin Krause, who had been a pupil of Franz Liszt himself, and receives numerous awards, such as the “Exceptionnal Diploma” and the “Honour Prize” in 1925. In 1927, he won the Geneva international piano competition with Arthur Rubinstein and Alfred Cortot in the jury.

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