Music: Pianist-Conductor

Most conductors know how to play some kind of musical instrument but few musicians are equally good at both playing and conducting. No exception was the late Ossip Gabrilowitsch. Though Detroiters remember him as the high-collared, fidgety conductor of their Detroit Symphony, the musical world remembers him primarily as one of the great pianists of his generation.

Born in Russia in 1878, Pianist Gabrilowitsch was a European celebrity at the age of 20. But his mature years as a concert artist were closely bound up with the U. S. From 1900 on he made...

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