Gregor Piatigorsky, the great master cellist of the 20th century, left a legacy of great music through his concerts, recordings, and films, and through his students.
Gregor Piatigorsky was born in 1903 in Ekaterinoslav, Ukraine. Coming from very humble beginnings, by the age of eight he was already a professional cellist, playing in restaurants and theaters.
The Colburn School is a world-class performing arts school where a renowned faculty provides instruction in music, dance and drama to dedicated students of all ages.
The Piatigorsky Foundation brings live classical music to audiences throughout the United States.
The Piatigorsky International Cello Festival is presented by the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music and focuses on the art of the cello, its music, and its musicians.
Nobody can really choose music as a profession… It chooses you.
Originality is better than any imitation.
You must be able to say with great feeling, 'I hate you' or 'I love you'. Once you are able to say that, you will find you can play the cello.
A love for one’s work I give the highest priority in man’s life.
I am in love with music; in music there is the solution.
I consider myself nothing but a servant of art. I try to serve it well.
People who occupy or try to spend their life with beautiful things must have something beautiful in themselves.