Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz
Kiev 1903-New York 1989. Russian pianist and composer of Jewish Ukrainian origin. Entered the academy of music at the age of 11 and graduated at 16, playing the third concerto by Rachmaninov (with whom he was a friend and played together). He began playing in Kiev and soon in the world’s leading theatres, including La Scala. In 1928 he debuted in New York. In ’32 he returned to the Carnegie Hall under Toscanini, whose daughter Wanda he married in ’33. After some health problems, in the ’80s his concert activity returned to its former glory, particularly at La Scala. He was buried in the Toscanini tomb in the Monumental Cemetery.