Victor Babin Collection
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Victor Babin was born in Russia and met his wife/performing
partner, Vitya Vronsky, while studying with Artur Schnabel in Berlin. Vronsky
also studied with Alfred Cortot and with Egon Petri. Babin and Vronsky, once
described by Newsweek as "the most brilliant two-piano team of our
generation," embarked upon a career as a duo that took them all over the world.
Their recordings were issued by RCA Victor, Columbia, Decca and EMI. Despite a
break from performance during World War II (during which Babin served in the
Armed Forces and Vronsky worked with war casualties in Washington D.C.
hospitals), the duo still managed to perform well over 1200 concerts in North
America alone. In 1961, Babin became Director of the Cleveland Institute of
Music, where both he and Vronsky served on the Institute's faculty. Babin died
in 1972 and Vronsky died in 1992.
SERIES I - SCORES
- Works by Babin
- Published Works by Other Composers
- Unpublished Works by Other Composers
SERIES II - MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS
SERIES III - RECORDINGS
10 am to 3 pm
Monday through Thursday
9 am to 5 pm
Monday through Friday
Donald Manildi, Curator
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
8115 Alumni Dr.
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA