"I wanted to come face to face with a master: I recognised him as such." (Hélène Grimaud)
  1914-1990

The legendary Cuban American pianist Jorge Bolet

Click here to1914-1990  "I wanted to come face to face with a master: I recognised him as such." (Hélène Grimaud) 

Born in Havana in 1914, Jorge Bolet studied at the Curtis Institute, Philadelphia from the age of 12, then had a long career that only really brought him wide and lasting international fame from the early 1970s. 


He specialised in the great Romantic composers, above all Liszt, but he also adored the rare and hidden gems of the repertoire - and the more outrageous the technical demands, so much the better.  Yet he was never one to show off merely for its own sake; he was, above all, a great musician. 


This site will close on 31 March 2021. Pages are now being deleted.  If you wish to continue reading, the new site (in progress) will be here.


Update: it is now more likely this site will be taken down in June 2021. The new WIX website (follow the link above) is still "work-in-progress" as all material here is transferred, but any new information is now added to the new site and not here.

These pages are now on the new site:
Early Years 
1970s Breakthrough Years
1980s/ Final Years