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Vladimir Horowitz

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May 9, 1965 Vladimir Horowitz played his first public concert in 12 years at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The audience applauded the piano virtuoso with a standing ovation that lasted for 30 minutes. Horowitz was born in 1903, but in order to make him appear too young for military service so as not to risk damaging his hands, his father took a year off his son's age by claiming he was born in 1904. The 1904 date appeared in many reference works during the pianist's lifetime. He played all over the world and made his debut in the United States in 1928 at Carnegie Hall. Despite rapturous receptions at recitals, Horowitz became increasingly unsure of his abilities as a pianist. On several occasions, the pianist had to be pushed onto the stage. Several times, he withdrew from public performances - during 1936 to 1938, 1953 to 1965, 1969 to 1974, and 1983 to 1985. After his comeback in 1965 he rarely gave solo recitals. He made his television debut on September 22, 1968, in a concert televised by CBS from Carnegie Hall. (Wikipedia) Vladimir Horowitz died on November 5, 1989 in New York of a heart attack, aged 86
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