Bruno Leonardo Gelber was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 19, 1941. His parents were musicians and he took up piano at a very early age. At 7 he was stricken with poliomyelitis. While confined to his bed for a year, he continued to practice with his bed slid under the piano. At age 8, he made his formal recital debut. When he was 15 he appeared as a soloist in Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto under Lorin Maazel's direction in Buenos Aires. In 1960 he was awarded a French government grant and pursued his training in Paris with Marguerite Long. In 1961 he won 3rd prize in the Long-Thibaud competition.

In subsequent years he toured all over the world, appearing as a soloist with orchestras in major music centers. He has won accolades for his compelling performances of the Classical and Romantic repertoire. In June 1996 Gelber toured Australia with huge success. Altogether he has given more than 4,500 concerts. The prestigious critic of Munich, Kaiser, wrote of him, "He is a marvel". Arthur Rubinstein considered him one of the greatest pianists of his generation and chose him to participate in a film that François Reichenbach dedicated to Rubinstein.

Gelber's recordings have won several prestigious awards, including two "Grand Prix de L'Académie Charles Cros" and "Le Prix de l'Académie de Paris" and include Brahms' Piano Concertos, the 3rd and 5th Beethoven's Piano Concertos, and some Romantic Sonatas.

As of December 2021, his house is in Monaco.

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