Alfred Cortot

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Date of Birth September 26, 1877
Place of Birth Nyon, Switzerland
Date of Death Jun 15, 1962 (84)
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Alfred Cortot

Alfred Denis Cortot was a French pianist, conductor, and teacher who was one of the most renowned classical musicians of the 20th century. He was especially valued for his poetic insight into Romantic piano works, particularly those of Chopin, Saint-Saëns and Schumann.

Birth name: Alfred Denis Cortot
Born: September 26, 1877, Nyon, Vaud, Switzerland
Died: June 15, 1962, Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Genres: Classical music
Occupation(s): Pianist, conductor
Instruments: Piano
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About Alfred Cortot

Franco-Swiss pianist and conductor known for his mastery of Romantic-era composers.

Before Fame

He was a student at the Paris Conservatoire with Émile Descombes and Louis Diémer.


He was a supporter of the Nazis during World War II for reasons that remained unclear given his wife's Jewish ancestry.

Family Life

His mother was Swiss and his father was French.


He became the first to make electrical recordings of classical music, beginning with Franz Schubert's Litanei and Frederic Chopin's impromptus.

Information related to Alfred Cortot

  • Mannes College The New School for Music faculty
  • Order of the Francisque recipients
  • Academics of the École Normale de Musique de Paris
  • People of Vichy France
  • Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medallists
  • Honorary Members of the Royal Philharmonic Society
  • French collaborators with Nazi Germany
  • French conductors (music)
  • Piano pedagogues
  • French classical pianists
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