It was on this date, January 28, 1887, that Polish-born American pianist Arthur (Artur) Rubinstein was born in Łódź. His parents were merchants who saw to his education: by age five he was already performing classical works at the piano. When he was 13, Rubinstein gave his first formal concert in Potsdam. Six years later, after studying with the likes of Paderewski, he made his Carnegie Hall debut. It took Rubinstein another 30 years, and performances on film soundtracks in the 1940s and 1950s, to win an international reputation and US citizenship.…
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Originally published January 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.
Here’s your Week in Freethought History: This is more than just a calendar of events or mini-biographies – it’s a reminder that, no matter how isolated and alone we may feel at times, we as freethinkers are neither unique nor alone in the world. Last Sunday, October 21, but in 1833, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel […]