Pollini made his debut at age nine. He graduated from the Milan Conservatory in 1959 and won the Ettore Pozzoli Competition that same year, followed by the Warsaw Chopin Competition in 1960. He appeared on the stage more frequently during the second half of the 1960s, playing in the United States for the first time in 1968. In subsequent years he became known for his recordings and performances of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
The most amazing thing in life is to reach a moment in which love and loving reveal a face. One has matured out of the notion of it being a feeling, and a concrete face is suddenly there. No! Such a face is not truly the face of love, for love draws, grounds, enlightens, releases,… Continue reading A face of love — take 1
Alvin Ailey, Jr., born Jan. 5, 1931, in Rogers, Texas, U.S.A., was dancer, choreographer, and director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.Having moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1942, Ailey became involved with the Lester Horton Dance Theater there in 1949. Following Horton’s death in 1953, Ailey was director of the company… Continue reading The Life You Give: Alvin Ailey *1931
Alfred Brendel, born January 5, 1931, in Wiesenberg, Czechoslovakia [now Loučná nad Desnou, Czech Republic], is a pianist and writer whose recordings and international concert appearances secured his reputation. He is best known for his interpretations of Ludwig van Beethoven’s music, recording several cycles of the composer’s piano sonatas and concertos.Brendel studied the piano with… Continue reading The Life You Give: Alfred Brendel *1931