The pianist Solomon Kutner became famous at the age of 8 when he performed the first concert of Tchaikovsky
The pianist Solomon is known throughout the music world only by name. His surname was lost at the very beginning of the piano career of a young musician. When at the age of eight, the boy played Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto on the Queens Hall stage in London, he was already announced as Solomon. The prodigy concert, accompanied by the Henry Wood Orchestra, was a resounding success. The little musician, for whose performance the instrument was specially redone (Solomon did not reach the pedals with his feet), from the first chords fell in love with London listeners.
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- Child prodigy
- At the zenith of fame
A year later, Solomon played for the king and his close associates in one of the halls of Buckingham Palace. Soon a little geek was talked about in other European countries, and the child went on a large-scale tour. He gave solo concerts in many European countries, performed with the best world orchestras.
Solomon's piano teacher was Matilda Vern, who founded her own school. As a student of Clara Schumann, Verne was a really good musician and teacher. However, she exploited the talent of young Solomon mercilessly. A gifted student was not only a source of income for the teacher, but also an advertisement for her music school.
Solomon grew, his popularity grew, and the complexity of his works increased. But along with this, the boy’s hatred of the instrument increased. By adolescence, Solomon was ready to quit playing the piano. His concert activity temporarily ceased.
A break in music lessons allowed Solomon to restore peace of mind. He entered the Paris Conservatory, in the class of the famous Lazar Levy, a student of Leshetitsky. Finally, Solomon got the opportunity to improve his technique without being distracted by concerts and tours. Slowly, thoughtfully, painstakingly, Solomon worked on music, looking for new approaches to it, new opportunities in himself.
After graduating from the conservatory, the young man again returned to his native London. It took him several years to restore his musical career. He was well known in the UK and in other European countries. Soon, Solomon visited the United States of America, where he was very warmly received by the local public.
At the zenith of fame