Arrau, Claudio

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Arrau, Claudio Gender: M
Leon, Claudio Arrau
born on 6 February 1903 at 23:59 (= 11:59 PM )
Place Chillán, Chile, 36s36, 72w07
Timezone LST m70w4130 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 17°15' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 10°11 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 02°50'

Claudio Arrau
photo: Allan warren, license gfdl


Chilean-American concert pianist, one of the great pianists of the 20th century. In a career that spanned eight decades, Arrau was prized for an aristocratic approach to the great works of the 19th century.

He showed his musical abilities early. His dad, Carlos Arrau, died before he was a year old and his mom supported the family by giving music lessons. When he was four, he startled his mom by playing from memory some of the pieces her students were learning. A child prodigy, he gave his first concert at five and began international tours at nine, in 1912. He made his Berlin debut in 1914 and toured Europe in 1918. In 1927, he won the Grand Prix Internationale des Pianistes, in Geneva.

He moved to the U.S. in 1941, performing in the U.S. and abroad, winning many international awards. He later resided in Germany, which claimed his mind and his intellect , though his heart always remained loyal to Chile.

Arrau had stopped performing in June 1989 after the death of his wife, Ruth Schneider, a German-born mezzo-soprano whom he married in 1937. He was visiting Austria for a rare appearance, a private recital to open a museum when he was stricken with stomach problems. He died on 9 June 1991 of complications from emergency intestinal surgery in Muerzzuschlag, Austria.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Haitink, Bernard (born 4 March 1929). Notes: conducted the complete piano concertos of Beethoven and Brahms with Claudio Arrau


  • Relationship : Marriage 1937 (Ruth Schneider)

Source Notes

B.R. in hand from Steinbrecher, says 12 midnight 6 February. Steinbrecher assumed shortly before midnight.


  • Traits : Mind : Child prodigy (Played piano at four)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Stomach)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (54 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One, lasting)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 88)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (Debut at five)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Piano)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Many awards)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection