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Artur Balsam

Polish-American pianist

b-Warsaw, 8 FEB 1906 - d-NYC, 1994

Studied music at Lodz Conservatory and the Berlin Hochschule. His performing debut was at Lodz in 1918. He moved to USAmerica and became a well known chamber music ensemble player, instructor and accompanist.

Artur Balsam established himself in America as an accompanist for Yehudi Menhuin on a 1932 tour of the United States. Came out of Europe during the Nazi period and settled in New York City and began both teaching and recording. Balsam was a versatile artist who was quite capable in piano repertoire ranging from the Baroque to ultra-modern works. He was well-known in New York City, Rochester and Boston as a teacher, recitalist and chamber musician. He recorded for many East Coast based record labels, but the majority can be found in the Vox catalogue.

Performed and recorded with Nathan Milstein and Sir Yehudi Menuhin. He also performed in duos with Beveridge Webster, Gina Raps and Murray Perahia.

Artur Balsam won the First Prize in the Berlin Competition in 1930, and the Mendelssohn Prize in Berlin in 1931. He recorded hundreds of works of solo and chamber repertoire, including all of Mozart's solo music, and recorded Sonatas with Nathan Milstein, Zino Francescatti, Joseph Fuchs and Zara Nelsova, among others.

Balsam taught at Boston University, the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. He died in 1994.


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