Today’s blog post is something a little different – Brooke Neuman is here as a guest to share 10 strange facts about history’s most famous pianists. To make it extra awesome, she created an infographic. I enjoyed this post when I first came across it, and I’m sure you will too!

Now I’ll hand the mic over to Brooke.

Chances are you’ve been inspired by classical pianists such as Beethoven and Chopin.  Besides being insanely gifted musicians, however, what do you really know about these individuals?

Believe it or not, history’s most famous pianists have led pretty eclectic lives. For example, did you know that Glenn Gould wore an overcoat and gloves during each performance, even if it was 90 degrees outside?

Or that Arthur Rubinstein was a grand storyteller who spoke eight different languages, including Russian, French, Polish, and Italian? Impressive, right.

Learning about the lives of history’s most famous classical musicians will help you better connect with the music you’re playing. It’s also useful if you ever find yourself playing piano trivia with your friends!   

Want to learn more? Check out the infographic below for some more wacky facts.


Editorial-Shoot-BrookeThis infographic originally appeared on Brooke Neuman is a piano editor at TakeLessons, an online marketplace that connects thousands of teachers and students for local and live online music lessons.



I hope you enjoyed this post, and thanks again to Brooke for sharing this with us. Music history is full of all kinds of fascinating facts – it’s easy to think of history as “dry” or “boring”, but once we remember they were just strange human beings (like us), history becomes much more interesting.