Ruth Laredo (nee Meckler, November 20, 1937, Detroit, Michigan - May 25, 2005, New York, New York) was an American classical pianist referred to as "America's First Lady of the Piano". A precocious starter, she was able to play God Bless America on her mother's piano at age two. Under the tutelage of Rudolf Serkin, she graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1960. She was married for some time to violinist Jaime Laredo. November 20 is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article refers to the largest city of Michigan. ... State nickname: Wolverine State or Great Lakes State Other U.S. States Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) Official languages English Area 250,941 kmÂ² (11th) - Land 147,255 kmÂ² - Water 103,687 kmÂ² (41. ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki (R) Official languages None (English is de facto) Area 141,205 kmÂ² (27th) - Land 122,409 kmÂ² - Water 18,795 kmÂ² (13. ... God Bless America is an American patriotic song written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. ... Rudolf Serkin (March 28, 1903 â May 8, 1991) was an Austrian-American pianist. ... The Curtis Institute of Music is a music school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that offers courses of study leading to a performance Diploma, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music in Opera and Professional Studies Certificate in Opera. ... 1960 was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...
Ruth Laredo was known for landmark recordings of Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (Алекса́ндр Никола́евич Скря́бин; sometimes transliterated as Skryabin) (January 6, 1872 – April 27, 1915) was a Russian composer and pianist. ... Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff, also Sergey Rachmaninov or Serge Rakhmaninov (Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов), (April 1, 1873 – March 28, 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. ...
"Obituary of Ruth Laredo Pianist who specialised in Scriabin". (June 10, 2005). The Daily Telegraph (London), p. 29.
RuthLaredo, who has died aged 67, was the first pianist to perform at the Lincoln Center in New York after the tragic events of September 11 2001.
Often referred to as "America's First Lady of the Piano", RuthLaredo was associated with the music of Rachmaninov and Scriabin; indeed, she was one of the first women pianists to truly master the complexity of the mighty Russian Romantics.
RuthLaredo is survived by her daughter, Jennifer, who is married to the British cellist Paul Watkins.
When the Detroit-born pianist RuthLaredo was barely into her teens and studying with a local maverick teacher named Edward Bredshall, he would often lay a trap for his precocious student by throwing dense and difficult 20th-century scores by Bartók, Prokofiev and Stravinsky in front of her.
Laredo was known for the charismatic mix of fiery emotion, mercurial temperament, secure technique and intellectual grounding she brought to a wide variety of repertoire, including music by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Scriabin, Ravel, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, de Falla, Barber and Rorem.
Laredo married violinist Jaime Laredo in 1960, from whom she was divorced in 1976.
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