The Illustrious American Pianist Looks Forward to Performing at the Hollywood Bowl

Signed by Vladimir Horowitz

Item: 21223
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HOROWITZ, VLADIMIR. (1904-1989). Ukrainian-born, American pianist. TLS. (“Vl Horowitz”). 1p. 4to. N.p., August 6, 1950. On his personal stationery. To composer, conductor and manager of the Hollywood Bowl KARL WECKER.

I wish to express my grateful appreciation for your thoughtfulness in sending me such a magnificent basket of fruit, which I shall enjoy to the utmost.

It is with pleasurable anticipation that I look forward to playing at your Hollywood Bowl and I trust that I shall have the opportunity of seeing you before the scheduled rehearsal and concert date…”

The Hollywood Bowl


Horowitz’s illustrious piano career began in his native Russia where he studied at the Kiev Conservatory. After distinguishing himself as a performer of remarkable accuracy and brilliant interpretation throughout the capitals of Europe, Horowitz made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1928, eventually settling in the U.S. His performances often featured works by Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and Scriabin; his recordings of Schumann and Liszt are still regarded as the definitive interpretations.

The Hollywood Bowl is an esteemed music venue in Los Angeles, California, founded in the 1920s. During the 1940s, Leopold Stokowski made several popular recordings with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, elevating the institution’s status.

Horowitz appeared at the Hollywood Bowl on August 31, 1950, where he performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under the direction of Serge Koussevitzky. A recording of the concert can be heard here:

Prior to his tenure as general manager of the Hollywood Bowl, Wecker headed several Works Progress Administration initiatives including the Federal Musical Project and the National Association for Music and Related Arts. He served as music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra from 1930-1940, director of the University of Cincinnati’s music department and conductor of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra in West Virginia.

Broadly signed in blue ink. Bearing the purple date stamp of the Hollywood Bowl Association in the lower margin. Folded with light creasing and very light age toning around the left and bottom edge. In very fine condition.

The Illustrious American Pianist Looks Forward to Performing at the Hollywood Bowl

Signed by Vladimir Horowitz

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