Vandaag is het ook al negentig jaar geleden dat de Russische pianist Wladimir von Pachman in Rome is overleden.
Pachman was een showpianist naar het voorbeeld van Liszt. Hij sleutelde b.v. een half uur aan zijn stoel en nam uiteindelijk dan een pak partituren om op te gaan zitten. He was born in Odessa, Ukraine as Vladimir Pachmann. The von or later de as a nobiliary particle was most probably added to his name by himself. Three of his brothers serving as officers in the Imperial Russian Army did not use the particle, as might be expected.
His father was a professor at the University of Odessa and a celebrated amateur violinist who had met Beethoven, Weber and other notable composers in Vienna. He was his son’s only teacher until he turned 18, at which time Wladimir went to Vienna to study music at the Vienna Conservatory, studying piano with Josef Dachs (a pupil of Carl Tausig) and theory with Anton Bruckner. He gained the Conservatory’s Gold Medal and made his concert debut in Odessa in 1869, but until 1882 he only appeared in public infrequently, spending his time in further study. He then toured throughout Europe and the United States, and was acclaimed as a top player of his era. His programmes consisted almost exclusively of the works of Chopin.
Pachmann was one of the earliest to make recordings of his work, beginning in 1906 with recordings for the Welte-Mignon reproducing piano and in 1907 for the gramophone.
He was also famous for gestures, muttering, and addressing the audience during his performance; while critic James Huneker called him the “Chopinzee“, George Bernard Shaw reported that he “gave his well-known pantomimic performance, with accompaniments by Chopin.”
In April 1884 Pachmann married the Australian-born British pianist Maggie Okey (1865-1952), who was later known as Marguérite de Pachmann (noblesse oblige). They did concert tours of Europe together and had three sons. The marriage ended after seven years. (Wikipedia)