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Alexis Weissenberg

Name  Alexis Weissenberg
Education  Juilliard School
Role  Pianist
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Died  January 8, 2012, Lugano, Switzerland
Movies  Classic Archive: Alexis Weissenberg
Albums  Alexis Weissenberg: The Champagne Pianist
Similar People  Herbert von Karajan, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Carlo Maria Giulini, Emil Gilels, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

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Alexis Weissenberg (July 26, 1929 – January 8, 2012) was a Bulgarian-born French pianist.

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Early life and career

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Born into a Jewish family in Bulgaria, Sofia, Weissenberg began taking piano lessons at the age of three from Pancho Vladigerov, a Bulgarian composer. He gave his first public performance at the age of eight.

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In 1941, he and his mother tried to escape from German-occupied Bulgaria for Turkey, but they were caught and imprisoned in a makeshift concentration camp in Bulgaria for three months. One day, a German guard – who had enjoyed hearing Alexis play Schubert on the accordion – hurriedly took him and his mother to the train station, throwing the accordion to him through the window. The guard told them, "Good luck," and the next day, they safely arrived in Istanbul.

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In 1945, they emigrated to Palestine, where he studied under Leo Kestenberg and performed Beethoven with the Israel Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. In 1946, Weissenberg went to the Juilliard School to study with Olga Samaroff. He also studied with Artur Schnabel and Wanda Landowska.

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In 1947, Weissenberg made his New York debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and George Szell in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 and with Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy, with which Weissenberg won the Leventritt Competition. Between 1957 and 1965, he took an extended sabbatical for the purpose of studying and teaching. Weissenberg resumed his career in 1966 with a recital in Paris. Later that year he played Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in Berlin conducted by Herbert von Karajan, who praised him as "one of the best pianists of our time".

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Weissenberg gave piano master classes all over the world. With his Piano Master Class in Engelberg (Switzerland), he had as students many pianists of the new generation: Kirill Gerstein, Simon Mulligan, Mehmet Okonsar [1], Nazzareno Carusi, Andrey Ponochevny, Loris Karpell, and Roberto Carnevale among them. He composed piano music and a musical, Nostalgie, that was premiered at the State Theatre of Darmstadt on October 17, 1992.

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Weissenberg died on January 8, 2012 at the age of 82 in Lugano, Switzerland after suffering from Parkinson's Disease. He is survived by three children, David, Cristina and Maria.

Recorded works

Bryce Morrison, in "Gramophone", described his early 1970s recording of the Liszt Sonata in B minor as one of the most exciting and also lyrical renditions of the work. His readings of Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and many works by Frederic Chopin (including his complete works for piano and orchestra, Piano Sonatas No. 2 & 3, nocturnes, and waltzes) are also very well known.

Among his other notable interpretations were those of Johannes Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1, with Carlo Maria Giulini and Riccardo Muti, ("Les Introuvables d'Alexis Weissenberg", 2004), Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic, as well as his Piano Concerto No. 3 with Georges Pretre and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Seiji Ozawa with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (also with Leonard Bernstein and the Orchestre National de France).

His 1965 film recording of Stravinsky's Three Movements from Petrushka (directed by Ake Falck) was also highly praised. When Karajan watched the movie, he immediately invited Weissenberg to participate in a filmed performance of the Tchaikovsky First Concerto, replacing Sviatoslav Richter.


  • Bach: Goldberg Variations
  • Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2 with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra RCA
  • Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra EMI (3 CDs)
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonatas: "Pathetique, Moonlight and Appassionata"
  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (two recordings, with Carlo Maria Giulini and Riccardo Muti,e EMI
  • Brahms: Sonatas for violin & piano Nos. 1–3, with Anne-Sophie Mutter. EMI (CD)
  • Chopin: Works for piano and orchestra. EMI (2 CDs)
  • Chopin: The Nocturnes. EMI
  • Chopin: Piano Sonata Nos. 2 and 3 EMI
  • Debussy: Estampes, Suite Bergamasque, Children's Corner, L'Isle Joyeuse, etc. on Deutsche Grammophon
  • Debussy: Piano works. Deutsche Grammophon (CD)
  • Franck: Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra (with Herbert von Karajan and The Berlin Philharmonic)
  • Haydn: Sonatas Hob.XVI/20,37 & 52, RCA (LP)
  • Liszt: Piano sonata in B minor. Einsatz Records, Japan
  • Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9 and 21 with Giulini and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition EMI
  • Prokofiev: Piano concerto No.3 – Seiji Ozawa, Orchestre de Paris
  • Rachmaninoff: Complete Preludes. RCA (CD)
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1, 2. Deutsche Grammophon (CD)
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 (with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, 1972)
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 (three different recordings, with Georges Pretre, Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein)
  • Ravel – Piano concerto – Seiji Ozawa, Orchestre de Paris
  • Scarlatti: Sonatas (A selection of 15) on Deutsche Grammophon
  • Schumann: "Carnaval" op.9, "Kinderszenen", Op. 15 (Toshiba-EMI)
  • Video

  • Alexis Weissenberg DVD: Classic Archive 2008 – Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky.
  • YouTube: Alexander Scriabin, Nocturne for the Left Hand, Opus 9, No. 2, Alexis Weissenberg (
  • Books

  • Gustl Breuer/Henno Lohmeyer (Hrsg.): »Alexis Weissenberg. Ein kaleidoskopisches Portrat«. Rembrandt Verlag, Berlin 1977.
  • Lettre d'Alexis Weissenberg a Bernard Gavoty, 1966
  • Weissenberg – Drei Interviews – 2012, Sofia
  • Songs

    Pictures at an Exhibition: Gnomus
    Variations on "I Got Rhythm"
    Pictures at an Exhibition: The Great Gate at Kiev
    Children's Corner - II Jimbo's Lullaby
    La fille aux cheveux de lin
    L'isle joyeuse
    Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
    Piano Concerto No 5 - Op73 'Emperor' : II Adagio un poco mosso
    Grande valse brillante in E Flat Op18
    Cantata No 147 - 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben' BWV147: Choral: Jesu bleibe meine Freude
    Chanson "Coin de rue"
    No 6 in E-Flat
    Album fur die Jugend Op 68 - Part 1 - Fur Kleinere : 12 Knecht Ruprecht
    Studi sinfonici - Etude III: Vivace
    Debussy: Children's Corner - L113 - 4 The Snow Is Dancing
    Album fur die Jugend: XXVII Canonisches Liedchen
    Jesus bleibet meine Freude / Jesu - joy of man's desiring / Jesus que ma joie demeure - BWV 147
    Nocturne no 21 in C minor - op posth
    Album fur die Jugend Op 68 - Part 2 - Fur Erwachsenere : 30
    13 Preludes - op 32 no 6 in F minor
    Variations in B Flat on 'La ci darem' - Op2 : Variation V
    Debussy: Preludes - Book 1 - L 117 - 8 La fille aux cheveux de lin
    Piano Concerto No 1 in E Minor - Op11 : III Rondo
    Italian Concerto in F Major BWV971: III Presto
    Debussy: Estampes - L 100 - 3 Jardins sous la pluie
    Liebestraum - No 3 in A-Flat Major S541
    Album fur die Jugend Op 68 - Part 2 - Fur Erwachsenere : 38 Winterszeit I
    Nun komm - der Heiden Heiland - BWV 61
    Chromatische Fantasie & Fuge: I Fantasie - BWV 903


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