Introducing the Artist
Donald Manildi has been curator of the International Piano Archives at the University of Maryland (College Park) since 1993. He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Washington (Seattle) and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has made many appearances as a pianist in a broad repertoire of over 200 works. For seventeen years he served as music producer for Minnesota Public Radio, where he hosted a weekly broadcast series called The Romantic Piano, devoted to recordings by the great pianists of the past and present, and to unjustly neglected keyboard literature from the 19th and early 20th centuries. He has published more than 600 reviews, articles and discographies in International Piano Quarterly, International Record Review, American Record Guide, and elsewhere. Mr. Manildi’s discography of Arthur Rubinstein appeared in Harvey Sachs’s book “Rubinstein: A Life” (Grove/Atlantic, 1995). His compact disc, Pianists As Composers, was released on the Elan label in 1999 to critical acclaim. He has produced over thirty CD reissues of historic piano recordings (available on the Pearl, Marston, APR, and IPAM labels), and he edited for publication the essays of the late pianist-scholar Jan Holcman (“Pianists: On and Off the Record”). At IPAM, his responsibilities include the development and preservation of existing collections, the acquisition of significant new materials, attending to visits and inquiries of pianists and scholars from around the world, and serving as guest lecturer for various University of Maryland music classes.
Works by Hofmann, Iturbi, Cortot., Gould, Horowitz,
Lewenthal,Chasins, Rosenthal, Johannesen, Levitzki, Bauer,
Pennario, Cherkassky, Casadesus, Levy Philipp, Gabrilowitsch,
Sapellnikoff, Sankan, Friedman, Hamelin