LEFF POUISHNOFF RUSSIAN PIANIST & COMPOSER SIGNED 1922

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RARE LEFF POUISHNOFF FAMOUS RUSSIAN PIANIST AND COMPOSER SIGNED SIGNATURE AUTOGRAPH DATED 15.9.22 (1922) / FAMOUS RUSSIAN PIANIST AND COMPOSER ~LEFF POUISHNOFF~ HAND SIGNED SIGNATURE ALONG WITH HAND MUSIC ICONS IN BLACK INK ON OLD PAPER / ENTIRE PAPER MEASURES 4.75 INCHES VERTICAL BY 7.50 INCHES HORIZONTAL / MINT CONDITION / ACTUAL SIGNATURE AREA MEASURES 3.50 INCHES HORIZONTAL BY 3.0 INCHES VERTICAL / EXTREMELY RARE EARLY SIGNATURE (1922) FROM THE FAMOUS RUSSIAN PIANIST AND COMPOSER ~LEFF POUISHNOFF~ / PLEASE READ THE HISTORY BELOW / FROM AN ESTATE IN BEVERLY HILLS / MINT CONDITION. BUY-IT-NOW PAYPAL ONLY _____________DESCRIPTION____________ RARE ORIGINAL AND AUTHENTIC ~LEFF POUISHNOFF~ FAMOUS RUSSIAN PIANIST AND COMPOSER SIGNED SIGNATURE AUTOGRAPH DATED 15.9.22 (1922) / FAMOUS RUSSIAN PIANIST AND COMPOSER ~LEFF POUISHNOFF~ HAND SIGNED SIGNATURE ALONG WITH HAND MUSIC ICONS IN BLACK INK ON OLD PAPER / ENTIRE PAPER MEASURES 4.75 INCHES VERTICAL BY 7.50 INCHES HORIZONTAL / MINT CONDITION / ACTUAL SIGNATURE AREA MEASURES 3.50 INCHES HORIZONTAL BY 3.0 INCHES VERTICAL / RARE EARLY SIGNATURE (1922) FROM THE FAMOUS RUSSIAN PIANIST AND COMPOSER ~LEFF POUISHNOFF~ / PLEASE READ THE HISTORY BELOW / FROM AN ESTATE IN BEVERLY HILLS / MINT CONDITION. History Of LEFF POUISHNOFFLeff Nicolas Pouishnoff (Russian: Lev Nikolayevich Pyshnov) (11 October [O.S. 29 September] 1891 ,28 May 1959) was a Ukrainian-born pianist and composer, who made his home in the United Kingdom and whose career was largely in the West, from the 1920s onwards. He was especially associated with performances of the works of Frédéric Chopin. Childhood and Early Studies Pouishnoff, born into an aristocratic Russian family in either Kiev or Odessa, was drawn to the piano as a young child, and, having acquired some aptitude before the age of ten, gave two public concerts. His parents, not wishing him to be exploited, discouraged this, but after his father's death (when Leff was 9), financial constraints led to his accepting concert engagements, and he rapidly gained a reputation. Special arrangements were made for his schooling, where he had a particular interest in chemistry. At the age of 14 he joined the State Opera Company orchestra, but a chance meeting with Feodor Chaliapin persuaded him to pursue his piano studies. Formal Study and Training He studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory under Anna Yesipova (piano), with instruction from Rimsky-Korsakov, Liadov and Glazunov (composition) and Nikolai Tcherepnin (conducting). He was one of the most brilliant students of his time, and emerged in 1910 with a first class diploma, a Gold Medal, and a cash prize equivalent to £120 for a voyage to Europe. In that year he competed for the St Petersburg Rubinstein Prize against Arthur Rubinstein, Alexander Borovsky, Julius Isserlis, Edwin Fischer and Alfred Hoehn (the winner). However, instead of embarking at once on a high profile recital career, he chose instead to make a musical tour through various European countries, studying their music and meeting their musicians, which greatly broadened his experience. Returning to Russia, he made a recital tour with the distinguished Hungarian violinist Leopold Auer, and followed this with a solo tour giving piano recitals, which resulted in many offers of engagements in the major European centres. His international reputation was growing when World War I interrupted his progress. Owing to short-sightedness, he was exempt from military service but, being confined to Russia, he played in military camps and gave a series of concerts for wounded and convalescent men in hospitals. Career In The West He remained in Russia through the Russian Revolution, suffering considerable want, and in 1919 had the opportunity to make a concert tour in Persia (Iran), the first eminent European pianist to do so. After his successful completion of it he returned and soon afterwards escaped across the Russian frontier and made his way to Paris. In 1920 he moved on to London, where he was unknown, but gave his first and highly acclaimed recital at th...

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