Soriano, Gonzalo. (1913–1972) [Magaloff, Nikita. (1912–1992)]
Signed photograph of the distinguished Spanish pianist, inscribed to fellow pianist Nikita Magaloff (translated from the Spanish): "To my dear Nikita and his lovely wife, with all my deep affection and admiration [...] Gonzalo Soriano. Madrid, 8-X-45." Stamped on the verso by Fotos Goya of Madrid. Very fine. 4.5 x 6.75 inches (11.2 x 17 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.