born 16 July 1928, Baku, Azerbaijan
Bella Mikhaylovna Davidovich is a Jewish Soviet-born American pianist. She was born into a family of musicians and began studying piano when she was six. Three years later, she was the soloist for a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. At the age of 18 she entered the Moscow Conservatory.
In 1949, she shared the first prize with Halina Czerny-Stefańska at the 4th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition. This launched her on a career in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, in which she appeared with every major Russian conductor and performed as a soloist with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra for 28 consecutive seasons. She also taught at the Moscow Conservatory for sixteen years.
Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Kirill Kondrashin (recorded in the early ’50s)
Bella Davidovich was one of the Soviet Union’s pre-eminent artists as well as one of the few women to be admitted to the inner circle of Russian cultural life.
Saint-Saëns – Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 URSS State Radio Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Alexander Gauk, (live recording, 1969)
In 1978 she emigrated to the United States, where she became a naturalized citizen.
Schumann – Carnaval, op.9, Studio Recording, 1978
She has taught at the famous Juilliard School in New York City since 1982.
Mendelssohn – Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor Jubilee Concert for Bella Davidovich’s 80th birthday (2008). Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Conductor Constantine Orbelian, Piano Bella Davidovich