Rubinstein, Arthur. (1887–1982) [Magaloff, Nikita. (1912–1992)]
Signed Photograph Embracing Magaloff
Charming signed photograph of Rubinstein embracing fellow pianist Nikita Magaloff. Rubinstein has penned at the head (translated from the French): "Dear Nikita, I love you as I embrace you! Arthur Rubinstein." He dates: Geneva, June 21, 1969. Stamped on the verso by Gyenes of Madrid, and also signed by the photographer at the upper right. Very fine. 7 x 5 inches (17.5 x 12.5 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.