Vladimir Horowitz is a modern concert piano virtuoso, known for his legendary control, flawless technical prowess, and powerful interpretations of a broad range of classical works. In his prime, he was considered among the most distinguished and sought-after pianists in history, and though he was occasionally criticized for his flamboyant showmanship, his devoted fans and numerous recordings have secured his place on the shortlist of great 20th century pianists.
Horowitz was born in the Ukraine in 1903 (though his family lied, saying he was born a year later so he would avoid being conscripted into military service). He entered the Kiev Conservatory in 1912, and debuted in the US in 1928. He became a US citizen in 1944 and continued to perform until his death in 1989. Though the majority of his career was spent as an American citizen, he returned to the USSR near the end of his life to perform in 1986.