Heinrich Neuhaus Pianist

Birthday April 12, 1888
Birthplace Russia
Death Date Oct 10, 1964 (age 76)
Birth Sign Aries


Self-taught musician who wrote the 1958 pedagogic book The Art of Piano Playing, which influenced generations of pianists.

Before Fame

His concert career was hindered by temporary paralysis, leading to his many pedagogical contributions.


He was imprisoned in 1941 as a German spy, but was released eight months later when Dmitri Shostakovich and Emil Gilels exerted their influence on Moscow.

Family Life

His uncle was composer Felix Blumenfeld and his second cousin was pianist Karol Szymanowski, both of whom influenced his musicality in profound ways.

Associated With

He and Doctor Zhivago author Boris Pasternak were lifelong friends.


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