The pianist Vladimir Horowitz died at the age of 86. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Considered one of the 20th century’s greatest pianists. He was known for his tone color and the excitement infused within his work.
His career really began as a means to support his family after they lost everything in the Russian Revolution. He married Wanda Toscanini on December 21, 1933.
“I must tell you I take terrible risks. Because my playing is very clear, when I make a mistake you hear it. If you want me to play only the notes without any specific dynamics, I will never make one mistake. Never be afraid to dare.” (Vladimir Horowitz)
“Always there should be a little mistake here and there – I am for it. The people who don’t do mistakes are cold like ice. It takes risk to make a mistake. If you don’t take risk, you are boring.” (Vladimir Horowitz)
“For me, the intellect is always the guide but not the goal of the performance. Three things have to be coordinated, and not one must stick out. Not too much intellect because it can become scholastic. Not too much heart because it can become schmaltz. Not too much technique because you become a mechanic.” (Vladimir Horowitz)
“Perfection itself is imperfection.” (Vladimir Horowitz)
“The most important thing is to make a percussive instrument a singing instrument. Teachers should stress this aspect in their instruction, but it seems that very few of them actually do.” (Vladimir Horowitz)