Clara Haskil

1895 1960

Clara Haskil

Piano

Biography

The Romanian-born pianist Clara Haskil left a legacy of exceptional recordings. Her most renowned recordings were of the Viennese classics, showing great profundity in humanity and a strong identification with the music. Although she was outstanding in her studies with Busoni and later at the Paris Conservatoire, she suffered from scoliosis or curvature of the spine and was frequently ill and was also known to suffer from debilitating performance nerves.

After the Second World War, Clara Haskill made a comeback, owing to the support of colleagues who had great admiration for her. Charlie Chaplin was among the people who strongly acknowledged her, saying: “In my lifetime I have met three geniuses: Professor Einstein, Winston Churchill and Clara Haskil.”

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