Biography

Stuart Isacoff

Stuart Isacoff is a pianist, writer, and the founder of Piano Today magazine, which he edited for nearly three decades. A winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music, he is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. He is also the author of THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE PIANO and TEMPERAMENT: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization. He lives in Closter, New Jersey.

Stuart Isacoff

Books by Stuart Isacoff

by Stuart Isacoff - History, Music, Nonfiction

In April 1958, the Iron Curtain was at its heaviest, and the outcome of the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition seemed preordained. Nonetheless, as star musicians from across the globe descended on Moscow, an unlikely favorite emerged: Van Cliburn, a polite, lanky Texan whose passionate virtuosity captured the Russian spirit. This is the story of what unfolded that spring --- for Cliburn and the other competitors, jurors, party officials, and citizens of the world who were touched by the outcome.