Svet, immigrants from Europe who had taught at the Moscow and Warsaw conservatories, until he was 14. He attended Haverford College, completing a four-year degree in philosophy in three years, graduating first in his class in 1946.He went to Paris and was invited to represent the United States at the first International UNESCO Festival, where he played Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with the Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française. He then toured Europe in the spring of 1947, playing recitals in Rome, Venice, Naples, Paris, London and Salzburg. After this, he decided to live in Paris permanently, saying "In France piano students come together constructively, and they can even become friends.
They attend one another's concerts and applaud. In the US they go to hear a colleague play, but only in the hope of seeing him break his neck." In 1951, he became a founding member of the Suk Trio, with Josef Suk and János Starker. Late career In December 1968, Katchen played at a two-day show in London hosted by the Rolling Stones. Katchen played two works (one of them de Falla's Ritual Fire Dance) and the performance was exceptional. The DVD of the show is now available, called "The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus." His last public appearance was with the London Symphony Orchestra on December 12, 1968, playing Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand.
He succumbed to cancer the next spring. Katchen and his wife Arlette were avid - one might almost say fanatical - and astute collectors of netsuke; 195 pieces from their collection were sold at auction in 2005 and 2006 for £1.2 million ($2.2 million) (Sotheby's 2005 and 2006). Notable Recordings A six-disc set of Johannes Brahms's Works for Solo Piano (Decca) is highly regarded and often cited as one of the best available recordings of Brahms's piano music.  Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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