Markevitch, Igor. (1912–1983) [Magaloff, Nikita. (1912–1992)]
Signed photograph of the avant-garde Ukrainian composer and conductor and his second wife, Donna Topazia Caetani. Markevitch has signed and inscribed at the foot to pianist Nikita Magaloff and his wife Irene (translated from the French): "To our very dear Nikita and Irene and to their lucky star / Igor and Topazia." The couple is shown in a small boat on a river, starting the outboard motor. Some light scratches and wear; inscription rather faded; overall very good. 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 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.