Attends the Presidential Inauguration of Johnson. Cultural ambassador in spring, touring Russia and Romania. First concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (with the Orchestre National de France under Kletzki). Strikes up a friendship with the painter Avigdor Arikha and Samuel Beckett. Returns to Prades. At Rubinstein’s request, learns Szymanowski’s Symphonie Concertante and plays it under Skrowaczewski. Records Brahms’ Second Concerto with Ormandy. Publication of Sessions’ Third Piano Sonata dedicated to Istomin.
With Eugene Ormandy and his wife