Dmitri shostakovich shostakovich - the philadelphia orchestra symphony no. 15
"We were hoping to see the piano score, which is a version that came later. Then Mrs Shostakovich said, 'Actually, I will let you borrow the autographed score,'" said Kate Bailey, the exhibition curator, who was stunned to be offered such a rare treasure.
Following in the footsteps of another famous Russian composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff, he intended not only to write music, but to perform concerts as well. In 1927, Shostakovich took part in the first International Chopin Piano Competition. In Warsaw, he performed several of his works, but received only an honorary diploma.