Personalities | Rudolf Serkin | Modern Era | Classical

American pianist

Born in Austria, Serkin studied in Vienna, making his debut there in 1915. After World War I, he formed a duo with the violinist Adolf Busch, and played with the Busch Chamber Players. From 1926 he worked in Switzerland, moving to the US in 1939. He was artistic director of the Marlboro festival in Vermont, and head of the piano department at the Curtis Institute, Philadelphia. A thoughtful and powerful musician, he specialized in the classical and Romantic repertory.

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