NEW YORK -- Pianist Vladimir Horowitz left nearly his entire $8 million estate to his wife of 56 years, Wanda Toscanini Horowitz, according to the will filed Thursday in Manhattan Surrogate's Court.
The virtuoso, who died of a heart attack Sunday in Manhattan st age 86, bequeathed all but $500,000 to his wife, the daughter of conductor Arturo Toscanini, according to his nine-page will dated Nov. 1, 1985.
They lived together in Manhattan.
He also left $300,000 to the Julliard School of Music to establish scholarships for needy piano students and $200,000 to a longtime employee of the family, Giuliana Lopez of New York City.
The Yale University School of Music also was will receive his memorabilia, musical scores, correspondence, recital transcripts, photographs, awards and trophies, along with programs from concerts during his career. The items will be displayed in the Horowitz Archives, which were established Aug. 14, 1987, at the university in New Haven, Conn.
The Kiev native who emigrated in 1928 was buried in Milan, Italy, in the Toscanini family burial plot, according to his lawyer, Stephen Kass.
His wife, who married him in 1933, is a co-executor of his estate. The couple's only child, a daughter, Sonya, died in 1976 at 42.
Horowitz met his wife in 1933 after her father invited him to be the soloist in the Beethoven 'Emperor' concerto.