Smit, Leo

Smit, Leo

1921 —
1999

Leo Smit began the study of piano and theory with his father, a professional violinist, at the age of five. Mr. Smit later studied at the Moscow Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music. His teachers included Dmitri Kabalevsky, Isabelle Vengerova, Jose Iturbi and Nicholas Nabokov. In the 1930's and 40's Mr. Smit was pianist with George Balanchine's American Ballet Company, an association that brought him into personal meetings with Igor Stravinsky, and the New York City Symphony, of which Leonard Bernstein was then music director. Mr. Read more »

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