Menahem Pressler: A century of legend

Pressler recorded almost the entire piano trio repertoire with the Beaux Arts Trio. In 2015, Decca released a 60-CD set of the trio’s complete Philips recordings, comprising some 122 works. Additionally, he compiled more than 30 solo recordings.

The piano legend’s second volume of the complete set of Mozart sonatas for the La Dolce Volta label was released in 2017. His CD of French music for Deutsche Grammophon, Clair de Lune, was released in 2018, and his Schumann recording featuring Dichterliebe with Matthias Goerne and Kinderszenen for Harmonia Mundi was released in 2019.

Pressler’s own ninetieth birthday concert, live from the Salle Pleyel in Paris, was recorded for DVD and CD with the Ebène Quartet and Prégardien, among others. The documentary The Life I Love: The Pianist Menahem Pressler won Grand Prize at the Golden Prague International Television Festival in 2015.

Books honoring his life and legacy include Menahem Pressler: Artistry in Piano Teaching and Always Something New to Discover: Menahem Pressler and the Beaux Arts Trio. In 2016, a book of conversations with Holger Noltze, Dieses Verlangen Nach Schönheit, was published in Germany by the Koerber Stifftung.

“Mr. Pressler was a brilliant pianist, extraordinary teacher, and gentle soul who has left an indelible mark on generations of pianists around the globe," said Abra Bush, David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean. “His loss is an enormous loss for us all, but his presence will continue to be felt through his students, past and present, for decades to come.”

View full resolution The piano legend takes a bow at the December 13, 2013, gala concert held in honor of his ninetieth birthday, where he received the University Medal from then-IU President Michael McRobbie. Photo by Alain Barker