Boulanger, Nadia. (1887–1979) [Magaloff, Nikita. (1912–1992)]
Signed photograph from the important pianist and pedagogue, inscribed to pianist Nikita Magaloff and his wife Irene. She is shown in later life and has inscribed across the image (translated from the French): "For my dear Irene and Nikita, who are so dear to me [...] Nadia Boulanger / February 25, 1973." Stray penstroke at the upper left; otherwise very fine. 4.75 x 6.75 inches (12.2 x 17.1 cm).
From the collection of Georgian-Russian pianist Nikita Magaloff and his wife Irene, the daughter of violinist Joseph Szigeti. Magaloff, born to a noble Georgian family in St. Petersburg, was influenced by family friend Serge Prokofiev and studied with Siloti and Isidor Philipp. Among the friends he made studying at the Paris Conservatory was Maurice Ravel, who considered him "a great, a truly extraordinary musician." He was especially known as the first pianist to record the complete works of Chopin, and for his elegant, refined style, which became more daring later in life.