If you’re learning how to play piano, chances are you’ve come across the works of famous piano players, such as Rachmaninov, Beethoven, and Chopin.
But do you know anything about these famous pianists?
Sure these famous piano players wrote and performed some of the most well-known classical music pieces, but their personal lives are equally just as colorful.
For example, did you know that Rachmaninov had enormous hands? Or that Beethoven went deaf at the age of 25?
Check out the infographic below to learn some more interesting facts about the world’s most famous pianists from different eras.
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10 Wacky Facts About the World’s Most Famous Piano Players
1. Sergei Rachmaninov
Rachmaninov is described by many as a brilliant pianist, conductor, and composer.
It’s no wonder Rachmaninov was such a talented piano player, as it’s rumored that he had enormous hands that could span 12 piano keys.
2. Ludwig van Beethoven
Virtuoso pianist and talented composer, Beethoven composed dozens of famous concertos that have withstood the test of time.
He was known for improvising, but at the early age of 25 he lost his hearing, which caused him to hear constant buzzing.
3. Franz Liszt
19th century Hungarian composer and virtuoso pianist, Liszt was known for his intense performances.
Much like the Beatles, Liszt had thousands of devoted fans who would turn hysterical during his performances.
4. Frédéric Chopin
One of the most celebrated pianists, Chopin has contributed many significant works.
Those who saw Chopin perform were extraordinary lucky, as the legendary pianist only gave 30 public performances during his entire lifetime.
5. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Who doesn’t think of classical music when they hear the name “Mozart”? While he might have been known for his musicality, Mozart was also famous for his toilet humor.
6. Franz Schubert
While Schubert had a short career, he made an astounding contribution to classical music, having written more than 20,000 bars of music.
Standing at a mere five foot one, Schubert was given the nickname “Schwammerl,” which means little mushroom.
7. Arthur Rubinstein
With remarkable technique and musical logic, Rubinstein was beloved all over the world.
He had the reputation of being a grand storyteller, and was also fluent in eight languages, including English, Polish, Russian, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.
8. Glenn Gould
Known for his interpretations of Bach, Gould lived a very eccentric life. He was a hypochondriac with obsessive personality traits.
For example, he wore gloves and an overcoat no matter the temperature. He also insisted on performing on the same chair throughout his entire career.
9. Vladimir Horowitz
Considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, Horowitz was best known for his performance of works during the Romantic era.
Horowitz’s father believed in his talent so much that he changed his age on his certificate so that he wouldn’t be enlisted in military service.
10. Claudio Arrau
Known for his interpretations of Beethoven, Arrau was a child prodigy. In fact, he could read music before he could read words.
These are just a few interesting facts about the world’s most famous piano players. Now that you know some piano trivia, share your new knowledge with your friends or piano teacher.
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