One of the 20th century's greatest pianists, Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982) was born on this day in Lódzac, Poland, the youngest of seven children.
A child prodigy who made his U.S. debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1906, he played with passion and was one the finest classical interpreters of Frederic Chopin.
"Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back," he said, living with a joie de vivre and bringing this passion to his music.
With freedom of movement at the piano, Rubinstein had the unique ability to transmit the joy of music to his audience. "On stage, I will take a chance," he admitted. "There has to be an element of daring in great music-making."
Several composers, including Manuel de Falla, created music especially for Rubinstein, who spoke eight languages and charmed the world with his fiery wit and colorful bravado. "Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any conditions." he said.
Rubinstein became a U.S. citizen in 1946. Thirty years later, he was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. About his triumphs, the beloved maestro wisely said, "Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings."
Expect miracles every single day.