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- Unpublished Works by Other Composers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
- Reel to Reel Tapes