"Piano playing consists of common sense, heart, and technical resources. All three should be equally developed."

  • Born Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz on Oct. 1, 1903, in Kiev, Ukraine. Died Nov. 5, 1989, in New York City
     
  • Vladimir Horowitz made his U.S. debut at Carnegie Hall in 1928, playing Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No. 1." That same year, the pianist's first gramophone recordings were made available in the United States for the Victor Talking Machine Company.
     
  • The 1943 live performance of the Tchaikovsky concerto featuring Horowitz and Arturo Toscanini was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1998. Horowitz was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990.
     
  • Did you know? With 25 GRAMMYs, Horowitz is among the top GRAMMY winners of all time. 
  • Horowitz and his wife, Wanda Toscanini Horowitz, worked with the Humane Society of New York to save the lives of dogs in need. The Vladimir Horowitz and Wanda Toscanini Horowitz Adoption Center has helped to save the lives of thousands of dogs and cats.

Vladimir Horowitz

"Piano playing consists of common sense, heart, and technical resources. All three should be equally developed."

  • Born Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz on Oct. 1, 1903, in Kiev, Ukraine. Died Nov. 5, 1989, in New York City
     
  • Vladimir Horowitz made his U.S. debut at Carnegie Hall in 1928, playing Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No. 1." That same year, the pianist's first gramophone recordings were made available in the United States for the Victor Talking Machine Company.
     
  • The 1943 live performance of the Tchaikovsky concerto featuring Horowitz and Arturo Toscanini was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1998. Horowitz was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990.
     
  • Did you know? With 25 GRAMMYs, Horowitz is among the top GRAMMY winners of all time. 
  • Horowitz and his wife, Wanda Toscanini Horowitz, worked with the Humane Society of New York to save the lives of dogs in need. The Vladimir Horowitz and Wanda Toscanini Horowitz Adoption Center has helped to save the lives of thousands of dogs and cats.

GRAMMY Award Results for Vladimir Horowitz

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Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Solo Without Orchestra
Horowitz - Discovered Treasures (Chopin, Liszt, Scarlatti, Scriabin, Clementi)
 
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Lifetime Achievement Award
(lifetime Achievement Award)
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist (Without Orchestra)
The Last Recording
Nominations
Best Classical Album
The Last Recording (Album)
 
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President's Merit Award (Alfred Schlesinger, Pres.)
(president's Merit Award)
Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23
Nominations
Best Classical Album
Horowitz Plays Mozart (Album)
Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist(s) (Without Orchestra)
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 13 In B Flat, K. 333
 
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Best Classical Album
Horowitz In Moscow
Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist(s) (Without Orchestra)
Horowitz In Moscow
Nominations
Best Performance Music Video
Horowitz In Moscow (Video)
 
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Best Classical Album
Horowitz - The Studio Recordings, New York 1985
Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (With Or Without Orchestra)
Horowitz - The Studio Recordings, New York 1985
Best Engineered Recording, Classical
Horowitz - The Studio Recordings, New York 1985
 
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Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra)
Horowitz In London (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist Or Solists (Without Orchestra)
Horowitz At The Met (Works By Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt And Rachmaninoff) (Album)
 
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Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra)
The Horowitz Concerts 1979/80
Nominations
Best Classical Album
The Horowitz Concerts 1979/80 (Album)
 
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Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra)
The Horowitz Concerts 1978/79
Nominations
Best Classical Album
The Horowitz Concerts 1978/79 (Album)
 
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Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra)
Rachmaninoff: Con. No. 3 In D Minor For Piano (Horowitz Golden Jubilee)
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (Without Orchestra)
The Horowitz Concerts 1977/78
Nominations
Album Of The Year Classical
Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 3 In D Minor For Piano (Horowitz Golden Jubilee) (Album)
 
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Best Classical Album
Concert Of The Century
Nominations
Best Chamber Music Performance
Rachmaninoff: Sonata For Cello And Piano In G Minor Op. 19-Andante/ Tchaikovsky: Trio For Piano In A Minor Op. 50 - Pezzo Elegiaco (Album)
 
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Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra)
Horowitz Concerts 1975/76
Nominations
Album Of The Year Classical
Horowitz Concerts 1975/76 (Schumann, Scriabin) (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Classical Performance Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra)
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 21 In C Major ("Waldstein") And 23 In F Minor ("Appassionata") (Album)
 
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Best Classical Performance Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra)
Scriabin: Horowitz Plays Scriabin
 
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Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra)
Horowitz Plays Chopin
Nominations
Album Of The Year, Classical
Horowitz Plays Chopin (Album)
 
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Album Of The Year, Classical
Horowitz Plays Rachmaninoff (Etudes-Tableaux Piano Music; Sonatas)
Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra)
Horowitz Plays Rachmaninoff (Etudes-Tableaux Piano Music; Sonatas)
 
Nominations
Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (With Or Without Orchestra)
Schumann: Kreisleriana (Album)
 
Wins
Best Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (With Or Without Orchestra)
Horowitz On Television (Chopin, Scriabin, Scarlatti, Horowitz)
 
Wins
Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (With Or Without Orchestra)
Horowitz In Concert (Haydn, Schumann, Scriabin, Debussy, Mozart, Chopin)
Nominations
Album Of The Year, Classical
Horowitz In Concert (Album)
 
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Album Of The Year -- Classical
Horowitz At Carnegie Hall - An Historic Return
Best Engineered Recording, Classical
Horowitz At Carnegie Hall - An Historic Return
Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra)
Horowitz At Carnegie Hall - An Historic Return
 
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Best Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra)
Vladimir Horowitz Plays Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin
 
Wins
Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Duo (Without Orchestra)
The Sound Of Horowitz
Nominations
Album Of The Year - Classical
The Sound Of Horowitz (Works Of Schumann, Scarlatti, Schubert, Scraibin) (Album)
 
Wins
Album Of The Year - Classical
Columbia Records Presents Vladimir Horowitz
Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Duo (Without Orchestra)
Columbia Records Presents Vladimir Horowitz
 
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Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Duo (Without Orchestra)
Homage To Liszt (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Duo (Other Than With Orchestral Accompaniment)
Pictures At An Exhibition (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Classical Performance - Concerto Or Instrumental Soloist (With Full Orchestral Accompaniment)
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto # 1 (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Classical Performance - Instrumentalist (Other Than Concerto-Scale Accompaniment)
Horowitz Plays Chopin (Album)