Artur Schnabel

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Date of Birth April 17, 1882
Place of Birth Poland
Date of Death Aug 15, 1951 (69)
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Artur Schnabel

Artur Schnabel was an Austrian-American classical pianist, composer and pedagogue. Schnabel was known for his intellectual seriousness as a musician, avoiding pure technical bravura. Among the 20th century's most respected and important pianists, his playing displayed marked vitality, profundity and spirituality in the Austro-German classics, particularly the works of Beethoven and Schubert. His performances of these compositions have often been hailed as models of interpretative penetration. His best-known recording is of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas; recorded between 1932 and 1935, it is the first recording ever made of the complete cycle of 32 sonatas. Music critic Harold C. Schonberg described Schnabel as "the man who invented Beethoven". In 2018 the Library of Congress selected this recording to be placed in the National Recording Registry for its historical significance.

Born: Artur Schnabel, April 17, 1882, Lipnik (Kunzendorf), Austria-Hungary (now Poland)
Died: August 15, 1951, Axenstein, Switzerland
Resting place: Schwyz, Switzerland
Occupation: Pianist and composer
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About Artur Schnabel

Classical pianist who acquired the title, "the man who invented Beethoven," for his interpretations of the legendary composer's works.

Before Fame

He took lessons from Eusebius Mandyczewski, Johannes Brahms' assistant, eventually associating with the composer and witnessing Brahms' piano playing.


He fled Berlin for England in 1933 after the Nazi Party took over. He would eventually settle in the United States in 1939.

Family Life

He was married to Therese Behr Schnabel from 1905 until 1951, and they had two kids named Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Stefan Schnabel. His father, Isidor Schnabel, was a textile merchant.


His interpretations of a variety of composers were legendary and included his recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach's works.

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