Leo Ornstein, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Leo Ornstein

American composer and pianist

Date of Birth: 02-Dec-1893

Place of Birth: Kremenchuk, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine

Date of Death: 24-Feb-2002

Profession: composer, pianist, pedagogue, music pedagogue

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Leo Ornstein

  • Leo Ornstein (born ??? ????????, Lev Ornshteyn) (c.
  • December 11, 1895 – February 24, 2002) was a leading American experimental composer and pianist of the early twentieth century.
  • His performances of works by avant-garde composers and his own innovative and even shocking pieces made him a cause célèbre on both sides of the Atlantic. Ornstein was the first important composer to make extensive use of the tone cluster.
  • As a pianist, he was considered a world-class talent.
  • By the mid-1920s, he had walked away from his fame and soon disappeared from popular memory.
  • Though he gave his last public concert before the age of forty, he continued writing music for another half-century and beyond.
  • Largely forgotten for decades, he was rediscovered in the mid-1970s.
  • Ornstein completed his eighth and final piano sonata in September 1990 at the age of ninety-four, making him the oldest published composer in history (a mark since passed by Elliott Carter).

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