Cherkassky, Shura. (1909- 1995)

1924 Recital Handbill

Paper handbill advertising one of the very young virtuoso’s first performances in the United States: MASTER SHURA CHERKASSKY PIANIST HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, MONDAY JANUARY 28TH, 8:30. The earliest Cherkassky program we've seen! 5.25 x 7.75 inches; 13.5 x 20 cm. A few creases, overall fine.

Alexander (Shura) Cherkassky was born in Odessa, Ukraine and his family fled to the United States to escape the Russian Revolution. Cherkassky's first music lessons were from his mother, Lydia Cherkassky, who once played for Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg. She also taught the pianist Raymond Lewenthal. In the United States, Cherkassky continued his piano studies at the Curtis Institute of Music under Josef Hofmann. Rising to fame in the 1940's in the United States and internationally, Cherkassky debuted at the Wigmore Hall in 1957 and later settled in London, where he lived until his death. His mother, Lydia Cherkassky, died in Nice in 1961. (8736)

Program, unsigned
Classical Music