1903 - 1976
Piatagorsky was a Russian-born cellist engaged as the principal cellist of the Bolshoi at age fifteen. He fled his country after the revolution and was discovered playing in a Berlin cafe by Wilhelm Furtwangler, who hired him as principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic. He became cello professor at the Curtis Institute following Emanuel Feuermann.
Watch Piatagorsky play the Swan, by Camille Saint-Saëns: