Josef Lhevinne was born in Orel, Russia in 1874. He studied
at the Moscow Conservatory under Vassily Safonoff. In his teens, he came under
the influence of Anton Rubinstein, who conducted at his Moscow debut in
Beethoven's Emperor concerto in 1899. He won the Rubinstein Prize in 1895. He
performed and taught in Europe and America before World War I and made his
American debut in 1906 under Safonoff. He lived in Germany from 1907 to 1919 and
was interned during World War I. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1919 with his wife,
Rosina. Both Lhevinnes joined the faculty of the newly-formed Juilliard School
and made their home in the New York City suburb of Kew Gardens. Josef played
annual Carnegie Hall recitals that revealed his effortless, flawless virtuosity
in the Romantic repertoire. He and Rosina also appeared in duo-piano recitals.
Josef Lhevinne died in 1944.
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