Gregor Piatigorsky in Paris - in the middle of the 1900's

from Cellist- Gregor Piatigorsky, page 215:

One day in Paris a young man came to audition for a position as my accompanist. He was frail-looking and very eager. He played for hours, but enchanted, I asked for more. Finally he asked, “Will you engage me?” His voice was anxious. My answer was “No.” His color changed.
cite as

Gregor Piatigorsky, Cellist- Gregor Piatigorsky (New York, 1976), p. 215. accessed: 19 July, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Gregor Piatigorsky

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of the 1900's
Medium live


The performer was Dinu Lipatti. Piatigorsky wrote that one of the reasons that influenced him in refusing Lipatti was “the stigma the word “accompanist” carries, a prejudice that can hinder a solo career. This feeling is even exemplified by the refusal of a world-famous pianist to record sonatas with an equally prominent string player for fear of being thought an accompanist, and so falling down into the gutter.

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:09:08 +0000
Approved on Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:58:41 +0000