By Penny Johnson, Contributing Author

Thinking about the decision Glenn Gould made to leave his estate to the Salvation Army and the Toronto Humane Society at the time of his death in 1982, I began contemplating the humanitarian efforts of other well-known pianists. In compiling a list of names, I used as a reference point, the 200-CD box set titled, Great Pianists of the 20th Century, which was released by Philips Records in 1999 and sponsored by Steinway & Sons. The following represents a sampling of humanitarian acts by some of our greatest pianists, acts that – by way of their diversity – offer a unique glimpse into the values held dear by each artist.

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