Pierre Luboshutz (June 17, 1891 - April 17, 1971) was a Russian concert pianist.
Born in Odessa, Russia, Luboshutz was initially taught to play the violin by his father. However, he then took up the piano, and followed his older sisters Lea Luboshutz (violin) and Anna (cello) to the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied under Konstantin Igumnov, and from which he graduated in 1912 receiving a silver medal. His first professional performance, at the Conservatory, was a performance of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, conducted by Serge Koussevitzky. Luboshutz later traveled to Paris to study under Édouard Risler.
Even before his graduation, Luboshutz had joined his two sisters in the eponymous Luboshutz Trio. The group enjoyed tremendous success until the Russian Revolution resulted in Lea's leaving the country. At its most active period (1913-1914), the group toured to fifty cities in Russia during a five-month period. Luboshutz also regularly accompanied the American dancer Isadora Duncan when she toured the country and was a regular pianist at a school she established in Moscow. As a much sought after accompanist, he toured the United States beginning in 1926 with violinists Efrem Zimbalist and Paul Kochanski, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, and double bass virtuoso Serge Koussevitsky.
Luboshutz left the Soviet Union permanently in 1925, joining his sister Lea Luboshutz in Paris (sister Anna remained in Russia for her entire life), often serving as her accompanist. He also taught at the Paris Conservatory where he met his future wife, pianist Genia Nemenoff. The two eventually married in the United States in 1931 (both had come for separate concert tours) and they decided to settle in New York City in close proximity to sister Lea Luboshutz, now teaching at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
On Jan. 18, 1937, they debuted a two‐piano concert tour under the name Luboshutz-Nemenoff, with their first performance taking place at The Town Hall in New York City. The pair became "highly acclaimed as duo pianists", and at different points in their career received excellent reviews from critics Howard Taubman and Noel Straus. They "toured widely in the Western hemisphere and Europe and South Africa," and performed at the Tanglewood Music Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and at Robin Hood Dell with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1956, they were joined by Luboshutz's nephew by his sister Lea, Boris Goldovsky, for a five-week tour highlighting concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for one, two, and three pianos, as part of the bicentennial of Mozart's birth. They reprised the collaboration two years later featuring keyboard music of J.S. Bach.
Lubozhutz & Nemenoff was the only duo-piano team to appear in concert with Arturo Toscanini. During their career, they premiered numerous works including a two-piano concerto by Bohuslav Martinu, with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra on November 5, 1943. Luboshutz transcribed many works for two pianos and commissioned others including a suite from the ballet "On Stage" by Norman Dello Joio.
The duo "began to curtail their performing career in the early 1960s", accepting teaching positions at the New England Conservatory of Music and in the piano department of Michigan State University, which they headed from 1962 to 1968. The couple then returned to New York City, and lived between there and Rockport, Maine.
Luboshutz died in Rockport, at the age of 76. He was survived by his wife, who died in 1989.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 22nd, 1890 (Odessa), Died April 17th, 1971 (Rockport)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1930
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-42992||10-in.||9/26/1928||Concerto in F minor : Andante||Serge Koussevitzky||Bass solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-42993||10-in.||9/26/1928||Concerto in F minor : Andante||Serge Koussevitzky||Bass solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||CVE-42996||12-in.||9/27/1928||Sonata : Largo||Serge Koussevitzky||Bass solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-42997||10-in.||9/27/1928||Wiegenlied, op. 28, no. 5||Serge Koussevitzky||Bass solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-42998||10-in.||9/27/1928||Minuet in G||Serge Koussevitzky||Bass solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||CVE-42999||12-in.||9/27/1928||Chanson triste, op. 2||Serge Koussevitzky||Bass solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-46178||10-in.||9/27/1928||Valse miniature, op. 1, no. 2||Serge Koussevitzky||Bass solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||CVE-47897||12-in.||11/8/1928||Etude in E major||Nina Koshetz||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||CVE-47898||12-in.||11/8/1928||Berceuse||Nina Koshetz||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||CVE-47899||12-in.||11/8/1928||Plaisir d'amour||Nina Koshetz||Soprano vocal solo, with instrumental quartet||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-56754||10-in.||10/7/1929||Le secret||Robert Hewit||Male soprano vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-56755||10-in.||10/7/1929||The soldier's bride||Robert Hewit||Male soprano vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||CVE-59737||12-in.||4/4/1930||Etude in E major||Nina Koshetz ; Pierre Leboshutz||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-59786||10-in.||5/12/1930||None but the lonely heart||Hulda Lashanska||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-59787||10-in.||5/12/1930||Rest thee, my spirit||Hulda Lashanska||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-Test-1001||10-in.||4/29/1930||Jota||Paweł Kochański||Violin solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||BVE-Test-1002||10-in.||4/29/1930||Flight||Paweł Kochański||Violin solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||W143684||10-in.||3/18/1927||Little boy blue||Maria Kurenko||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||W143685||10-in.||3/18/1927||Dear little boy of mine||Maria Kurenko||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||W143686||10-in.||3/18/1927||Wiegenlied||Maria Kurenko||Soprano vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Luboshutz, Pierre," accessed July 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106005.
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