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Gabrilowitsch, Ossiplocked

(07 February 1878–14 September 1936)
  • Dale L. Hudson

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Gabrilowitsch, Ossip (07 February 1878–14 September 1936), pianist and conductor, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, the son of Salomon Gabrilowitsch, a successful member of the bar, and Rosa Segal, who was German-Russian. (According to modern conventions of transliteration from the Cyrillic, the surname would be rendered Gabrilovich.) When Gabrilowitsch was four, his oldest brother, George, gave him piano lessons for a short time, but soon a professional teacher, Olga Theodorowitsch, took over the lessons. She also arranged for Anton Rubinstein to hear the ten-year-old Ossip play. Rubinstein was very impressed and insisted that the boy enter the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Rubinstein oversaw Gabrilowitsch’s music education, which consisted of piano lessons with Victor Tolstoff and composition with Glazunov, Liadov, and Navratil....

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