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Vladimir Horowitz


For nearly six decades, Vladimir Horowitz’s career was intertwined with the history of Carnegie Hall. His 1928 debut with the New York Philharmonic was just the prelude to an astonishing recital career that included his triumphant 1965 comeback from a 12-year performing hiatus for which—in the pre-electronic ticketing age—all seats sold out in two hours. Although his final recital at Carnegie Hall happened in 1985, his final appearance was during a gala concert to celebrate the Hall’s reopening after seven months of renovation in 1986.

I played louder, faster, and more notes than Tchaikovsky wrote.


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Vladimir Horowitz at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall’s performance history database covers more than 50,000 concerts and events that occurred at Carnegie Hall from its opening in 1891 to the present. Explore events related to Vladimir Horowitz (these links will open in a new tab with the performance history search tools):

Listen to Horowitz

Prepare to be dazzled by the virtuosity of Vladimir Horowitz. This playlist celebrates the pianist’s remarkable career and long association with Carnegie Hall. His stirring performances of music by Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff showcase why he is a Carnegie Hall Icon. Listen on Apple Music and Spotify.

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