Death of a major Hungarian pianist, 101

Death of a major Hungarian pianist, 101


norman lebrecht

March 30, 2018

Lívia Rév, who died in Paris on March 28, studied with Leo Weiner at the Liszt Academy.

Fleeing Hungary in 1946, she made her first recordings in Vienna the following year and went on to play with Jochum, Kubelik, Horenstein, Beecham, Boult and other leading conductors.

After marriage to a Frenchman, Pierre Aubé, she gave up the touring life and settled down with family and students.

Some recordings may have appeared under her pre-War name, Rauchberger. Her best-known work appeared on Saga.


  • Caravaggio says:

    Fine pianist. RIP.

  • Mark Ainley says:

    I interviewed her by phone for her 90th birthday and then had the opportunity to meet her in Paris and see her teach. She was a wonderful and caring teacher, and a formidable musician with tremendous insight and character. I will miss her greatly.

  • Shaun Reid says:

    RIP Livia. A wondeful pianist. X

  • Robert Hairgrove says:

    Her Debussy is sublime and is one of the best interpretations I know of:

  • joe s says:

    Died the same day as Rachmaninoff 75 years previously.