Death of a much-recorded US pianist, 86

March 13, 2018 by norman lebrecht


The international pianist Ivan Davis died last night in Miami.

A protege of Vladimir Horowitz, who took him home to dinner in 1960 after Davis won a Liszt competition in New York, Davis recorded for CBS in the 1960s and Decca the following decade.

He blazed new trails for the music of two Americans, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and George Antheil. His Gershwin records were bestsellers.

He taught at the University of Miami.


Comments (4)

  1. James says:

    An exciting, under-rated player..

  2. Penny Furr says:

    An incredible pianist, a wonderful person. He instilled a love of music in every student. It is hard to imagine a world without him in it.

  3. Robin Higgs says:


  4. Robin Higgs says:

    Thanks Ivan Davis had a flawless technique and inspired me to perform many of
    Gottschalk’s pieces that he played

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