Arthur Rubinstein

(1886–1982)

Arthur Rubinstein

Anecdote...

We...awaited him in the restaurant. He entered, sat down at the table, ordered drinks in Italian (from the eight languages he speaks he selects one as an ordinary man would a tie), and started to apologize: “So sorry to be late. For two hours I have been at my lawyer’s, making a testament. What a nuisance, this business of a testament. One figures, one schemes, one arranges, and in the end — what? It is practically impossible to leave anything for yourself!”

Biographical Note: 

Arthur Rubinstein was a Polish-born pianist, who became a U.S. citizen in 1946. His interpretation of Chopin was the foundation of his international reputation.