Pianist, 98, plays Barber, Haydn and Liszt recital

Pianist, 98, plays Barber, Haydn and Liszt recital


norman lebrecht

November 07, 2013

Beat that!

frank glazer

Frank Glazer studied with Schnabel, made his NY debut in 1936, played a concerto with the Boston Symphony under Koussevitsky and taught at the Eastman School of Music.


  • Horszowski beat that: he gave his last recital at the age of 99. And (though not a public performance, of course), the last I heard was that Alice Herz Sommer was still practising every day from 10 till 1 — and she will be 110 on the 26th of this month.

  • Harold Stover says:

    Frank is a local hero here in Maine and a remarkable musician. He played all 32 Beethoven sonatas here at, I believe, the tender age of 95.

  • 95 and still kicking and Very Alive. Wow! Inspiring!!

  • Pardon: he is 98! Even more inspiring!!

  • Joseph says:

    I believe that Randolph Hokanson, b. 1916, is still practicing regularly and giving at least private performances in the Seattle area.

  • Mr. Glazer–my hat is off!

  • Tom Myron says:

    I’m so thrilled that you’ve posted this! Thank you. And what a program! Eva Virsik told me about it last weekend when we were at the Eastern Connecticut Symphony’s Nielsen 4th. Frank has been a great friend, mentor and inspiration to musicians with ties to Maine since forever. He’s also a very witty guy ūüôā

  • Beat *what?* Nothing’s happened yet because the show isn’t until tonight.

    Let’s have this conversation after the show.

  • ‚Ķand coming up on the inside is‚ĶMenahem Pressler! Faites vos jeux, messieurs‚Ķ

  • Frannie Loren Schwab says:

    He’s an extraordinarily moving pianist, an inspirational teacher, both to musicians and non musicians, and a gentleman with endless grace and a warm and welcoming smile..

  • Gabor Fuchs says:

    I attended the 99 and 100 year old Horszowski s recitals in Town Hall,N.Y. Both were excellent!

  • Mark Robbins says:

    Abbey Simon is 91 and still presents an annual recital at the University of Houston.

  • Wow! I’d better dust off my Bach Preludes and get cracking (at 64)!

  • A. Orden says:

    Barber, Haydn, Liszt? Who cares then …

  • Saul Davis Zlatkovski says:

    I heard Horczowski perform at Town Hall. He was inspiring. I certainly hope to be giving recitals at that age…maybe by then I can get it all together. My teacher taught until she was 97, and made a technique video just a few years before that. She, Lucile Lawrence (note the spelling), studied harp with Carlos Salzedo and music studies (including history and theory) with Edgard Varese. Her last public performance was in her 80s. Not sure why she stopped, except that she was teaching about 60 hours a week in New Jersey, New York and Boston (Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, Tanglewoos and Boston University). She was appointed to the Juilliard faculty by Mennin but cheated out of it.

    • Saul Davis Zlatkovski says:

      P.S.: At the age of 90, my father is playing the piano more and better than ever, he is only limited by his eyesight and memory, so he works on his extensive existing repertoire. Age can be liberating.