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PIANISTS (AND A FEW HARPSICHORDISTS)
  • Charles Alkan
  • Martha Argerich 1
  • Vladimir Ashkenazy 2
  • Emanuel Ax
  • Victor Babin
  • Gina Bachauer
  • Daniel Barenboim
  • Simon Barère
  • Dmitri Bashkirov 3
  • Boris Berman
  • Lazar Berman
  • Victor Borge
  • Alexander Borovsky
  • Alexander Brailowsky
  • Yefim Bronfman
  • Ignaz Bruell
  • Shura Cherkassky
  • Arnaldo Cohen
  • Harriet Cohen
  • Bella Davidovich
  • Misha Dichter
  • Simone Dinnerstein
  • Samuil Feinberg
  • Vladimir Feltsman
  • Annie Fischer
  • Leon Fleisher
  • Yakov Flier
  • Claude Frank
  • Peter Frankl
  • Arthur Friedheim
  • Ignaz Friedman
  • Ossip Gabrilowitsch
  • Emil Gilels
  • Grigory Ginsburg
  • Leopold Godowsky
  • Alexander Goldenweiser 4
  • Richard Goode
  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk 5
  • Gary Graffman
  • Hélène Grimaud 6
  • Maria Grinberg
  • Mark Hambourg
  • Clara Haskil
  • Stephen Heller
  • Henri Herz
  • Myra Hess
  • Ferdinand Hiller
  • Vladimir Horovitz
  • Mieczyslaw Horszowski
  • Eugene Istomin 7
  • Byron Janis
  • Joseph Kalichstein
  • William Kapell
  • Julius Katchen
  • Mindru Katz
  • Louis Kentner
  • Igor Kipnis
  • Evgeny Kissin
  • Vladimir Krainev 8
  • Lili Kraus
  • Wanda Landowska
  • Ruth Laredo
  • Theodore Lettvin
  • Oscar Levant
  • Josef Lhévinne
  • Rosina Lhévinne
  • Jerome Lowenthal
  • Radu Lupu
  • Hephzibah Menuhin
  • Fanny Mendelssohn
  • Felix Mendelssohn
  • Benno Moiseiwitsch
  • Ignaz Moscheles
  • Peter Nero
  • Murray Perahia
  • Nikolai Petrov 9
  • Menahem Pressler
  • André Previn
  • Michael Roll
  • Moritz Rosenthal
  • Anton Rubinstein
  • Artur Rubinstein
  • Nikolai Rubinstein
  • Zuzana Ruzickova
  • Harold Samuel
  • András Schiff
  • Artur Schnabel
  • György Sebök
  • Peter Serkin 10
  • Rudolf Serkin
  • Abbey Simon
  • Grigory Sokolov
  • Solomon (Cutner)
  • Edna Stern
  • Eduard Steuermann
  • Wladyslaw Szpilman
  • Mark Taimanov
  • Carl Tausig
  • Louis Teicher
  • Rosalyn Tureck
  • Isabella Vengerova
  • Ilana Vered
  • Alexis Weissenberg
  • Paul Wittgenstein 11
  • Maria Yudina
NOTES

1. Jewish mother (née Juana Heller), non-Jewish father.  See, e.g., Trayectorias musicales judeo-argentinas, by Ana Weinstein, Roberto Nasatsky, and Miryam Gover de Nasatsky (AMIA, Buenos Aires, 1998, pp. 12-14).  Moshé Korin, writing in the 3 May 2012 edition of the Argentine-Jewish publication La Voz, states that Martha Argerich informed AMIA in the late 1990s that her mother was Jewish and requested to be included in AMIA's forthcoming book on Argentine-Jewish musicians.  He further states that Juana Heller came from a family of Jewish immigrants who were part of the Russian-Jewish resettlement program sponsored by the German-Jewish philanthropist Baron Maurice de Hirsch, who established large agricultural colonies in Argentina as a means of alleviating the poverty and persecution suffered by the Jews of Russia in the late nineteenth century.  (AMIA is the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina, a Jewish community organization whose building in Buenos Aires was bombed in 1994, killing eighty-five people and injuring more than three hundred others.  Argentine prosecutors have traced responsibility for this atrocity to the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, whose secretary at the time was none other than that well-known "moderate" Hassan Rouhani, the current Iranian president.  Although there have been conflicting claims concerning Rouhani's direct culpability, it is noteworthy that he was at the time also national security advisor to then-president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who the Argentines claim gave final approval for the bombing, along with the then-and-current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.)           
2. Jewish father, non-Jewish mother.

3. See http://www.jewishgen.org/Belarus/rje_b.htm.
4. Jewish father, non-Jewish mother.
5. Jewish father, non-Jewish mother.
6. See ninth paragraph of 29 May 1994  New York Times story: "My father came from a background of Sephardic Jews in Africa, and my mother's ancestors were Jewish Berbers from Corsica."
7. Jewish mother (née Feera Chavin, later known also as Assia Chavin), non-Jewish father.  Both parents are buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Queens, NY, which is a Jewish cemetery.  See Pianist: A Biography of Eugene Istomin, by James Gollin (Xlibris, Bloomington, IN, 2010, pp. 8-10).
8. Jewish mother, non-Jewish father; http://www.jewishgen.org/Belarus/rje_k.htm.
9. Jewish father (Arnold Ferkelman), non-Jewish mother.

10. Jewish father (Rudolf Serkin), non-Jewish mother.
11. Jewish father, half-Jewish mother.  Brother of Ludwig Wittgenstein; see, e.g., Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius, by Ray Monk (Penguin, New York and London, 1990, pp. 4-7)



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