Haskil, Clara

PIANIST (ROMANIA)
BORN 7 Jan 1895, Bucharest - DIED 7 Dec 1960, Brussel
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montparnasse Cimetière (division 04)

Clara Haskil came from a family of Sephardic Jews. She studied in Vienna where Richard Robert was her teacher and for a short timw with Ferrucio Busoni. She continued her studies at the Conservatoire in Paris where she graduaded with a First Prize aged fifteen.

She was frequently ill and from the 1920s onwards she suffered from stage fright. She mostly lived in poverty until a series of concerts in the Netherlands in 1949 brought her critical acclaim. In 1951 her performances in 1951 made her really famous.

Since 1942 she had lived in Switzerland. She worked with many of the famous musicians and conductors of her time and is best known for her interpretations of Mozart. In 1960 she died of the consequences of a fall at a train station in Brussels.

Sources
Clara Haskil - Wikipedia
• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Parisians, Robson Books, London, 1991

Images

The grave of Clara Haskil at Montparnasse Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (18 May 2005)

 


Hasse, Clemens

Published: 1 Jan 2012
Last update: 1 Jan 2012