Arrau, Claudio

Arrau, Claudio clawdēō ăr´rō [key], 1903–91, classical pianist, b. Chile. In 1911 he was sponsored by the Chilean government to study with Martin Krause in Berlin, where his talent attracted attention. Returning to Chile in 1921, Arrau began making his first professional appearances, which eventually led to concerts around the world. Between 1935 and 1936, in Berlin, he presented the complete keyboard works of Bach and Mozart. In Mexico City he performed (1938) all the piano concertos and sonatas of Beethoven; he recorded those sonatas from 1962 to 1969.

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