Eugene Istomin was long acknowledged as a leading pianist of the 20th Century. A rare combination of virtuosity, poetic insight and aristocratic style won him international acclaim as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber musician.
Born in New York City of Russian parents who were both professional singers, Mr. Istomin’s prodigious musical gifts were discovered at age six by Alexander Siloti, the distinguished Russian pedagogue.
At the age of twelve, he was accepted by the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia to study with Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horzowski.
Mr. Istomin came to national attention at age seventeen, as a result of winning both the Leventritt and Philadelphia Orchestra Youth Awards, making sensational debuts in the same week with both the Philadelphia and New York Philharmonic Orchestras.
In 1950, he was the youngest performer at the fist Prades Festival under the artistic direction of Pablo Casals. From then he gave more than 4,000 concerts with the world’s leading orchestras and appeared in recital on six continents.…
Eugene Istomin Reviews:
“Istomin and Schwarz have performed these immortal concertos many times, and insisted on recording them in long, complete takes in order to capture the live experience. “Prof.” Johnson’s HDCD wizardry pays large dividends in natural, high-resolution string textures and huge, three-dimensional soundstage.” RECORDING OF THE MONTH —Stereophile, May 1996