Claudio Arrau (1903–1991) was a Chilean pianist widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. He was born on February 6, 1903, in Chillán, Chile, and began piano lessons at a very young age. Arrau's talent was recognized early, and he received scholarships to study in Germany with renowned teachers such as Martin Krause and, later, Artur Schnabel.
Known for his intellectual and deeply expressive approach to music, Claudio Arrau had a long and illustrious career. He gained international recognition in the 1920s and 1930s and became known for his interpretations of the works of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt. Arrau was particularly noted for his extensive knowledge of the classical repertoire and his dedication to achieving a profound understanding of the music he performed.
Throughout his career, Claudio Arrau collaborated with major orchestras and conductors, leaving a lasting impact on the world of classical music. He was known for his extensive recordings, encompassing a wide range of repertoire. Arrau's playing was characterized by its lyricism, technical mastery, and a deep emotional connection to the music.
Arrau continued to perform and record into his later years, and his legacy endures through his recordings and the influence he had on subsequent generations of pianists.