On May 31, 2019 is the 140th birth anniversary of Mark Hambourg, an outstanding English pianist
Mark Hamburg is an English pianist of the Russian origin, author of the popular book “How to Become a Pianist” (1922), as well as of two autobiographies “From Piano to Forte” (1931) and “The Eighth Octave” (1951), one of the first pianists whose performances were recorded. He is the owner of several piano works, including variations on the theme of Paganini (1902).
Mark Hambourg, as a child, became famous for his outstanding piano paying. He performed as a pianist-wunderkind, whose talent attracted the attention of great pianists - Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Theodor Leschetizky, which was a huge impetus to the musician's career.
The Hambourg manner of playing was distinguished by the refined style, but it was technically sloppy. Hence even this did not prevent him from becoming one of the brightest pupils of the greatest pianist and teacher Theodor Leschetizky. Hambourg’s astounding pianistic manner conveyed the mighty vitality and anxiety that he brought to music.
We have prepared musical compilation dedicated to the birth anniversary of Mark Hambourg. It is comprised of the pianist performances that are recorded on music records stored in the Museum Collection.