Piano legend Alfred Brendel turns 90

05 January 2021
By Ellie Palmer
The Austrian has mastered many works by the likes of Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert during his lengthy career

Austrian pianist Alfred Brendel today turns 90 years old.

He retired from the concert platform back in 2008.

Brendel's career has spanned decades, and most notably took off in the 60s when he became the first pianist ever to record the entire piano works of Beethoven. The recordings were praised by many critics, with one commenting it was "some of the finest Beethoven ever recorded."


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Alfred Brendel's Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas on Decca Records


In the early 80s, he also became the first pianist since Artur Schnabel four decades earlier to play the complete Beethoven Sonatas at New York's Carnegie Hall.

His recordings of Mozart are another huge highlight of his career. He is one of a very small number of pianists to have recorded all of the composer's piano concertos (with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields).

Find a complete summary of his career here.

Main image: © www.alfredbrendel.com