Uchida, Mitsuko. (b. 1948) [Magaloff, Nikita. (1912–1992)]
Signed Photograph to her Teacher, Nikita Magaloff
Extraordinary early signed photograph from the Japanese-British pianist, inscribed to her teacher Nikita Magaloff and his wife Irene: "To Mr. & Mrs. Magaloff / With much love / Mitsuko." Signature and inscription in rather light blue ink; overall fine. 5 x 7.25 inches (13 x 18.4 cm). A very special item.
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.