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Is it true that Arthur Rubinstein didn't start practicing the piano seriously until he was 40?

I heard sometime unexpected somebody told me that Arthur Rubinstein didn't start practicing the piano seriously until his 40s is that true?

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  • 2 months ago

    The relevant sentence in the source below says:

    "In 1934, the pianist, who stated he neglected his technique in his early years, relying instead on natural talent, withdrew from concert life for several months of intensive study and practice."

    He turned 47 in 1934.  He had been a child prodigy and had been giving concerts regularly since the age of 17, so he practiced plenty even if only on the stage.  The only question is how serious is "seriously".

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