10 Wacky Facts About The Worlds’s Most Famous Piano Players
These 10 famous piano players wrote and performed some of the most well-known classical music pieces, but their personal lives are equally just as colorful. Below are 10 wacky facts about the world’s most famous pianist.
- Serge Rachmaninov
No wonder Rachmaninov was such a talented piano player. It’s rumored that he had enormous hands that could span 12 piano keys
- Ludwig Van Beethoven
Beethoven might have been known for improvising, but at the early age of 25 he lost his hearing.
- Franz Liszt
Much like the Beatles, liszt had thousands of devoted fans who would turn hysterical during his performance.
- Frederic Chopin
Those who saw Chopin perform were lucky, as the legendary pianist only gave 30 public performances during his entire lifetime.
- While he might have been known for his musicality, Mozart was also famous for his toilet humor.
- Franz Schubert
Standing at a mere five foot one, Schubert was given the nickname “Schwammerl, which means little mushroom.
- Arthur Rubinstein
Rubinstein had the reputation of being a grand storyteller. He was also fluent in eight languages, including Russian and French
- Glen Gould
Gould was a hypochondriac. During performances, he wore gloves and an overcoat no matter the temperature.
- Vladimir Horowitz
To dodge Military service, Horowitz’s father changed his son’s age on his military service card
- Claudio Arrau
Arrau was child prodigy. He could read music before he could read words