Birth - Death
1903 - 1989
Presidential Medal of Freedom, Grammy Award, Commandeur de la Legion d'honneur
Classical pianist noted for his extraordinary technique and artistry, but also his temperamental moods and eccentricities. Emigrated to the United States. Though married, his same-sex tendencies and relationships were well known, and he attempted to 'cure' himself through several psychiatric treatments. Recipient of 25 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement (1990, posthumously). Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1986).