For many years Piatigorsky directed the chamber music program at Tanglewood, helped found the Meadowmount School, succeed Emanuel Feuermann
as professor of cello at the Curtis Institute, and in 1962 became a professor at the University of Southern California. His legacy as a teacher remains a powerful fixture in the world of cello playing; his famous students include Erling Blöndal Bengtsson
, Mischa Maisky
, and Nathaniel Rosen, among many others. Piatigorsky was known for his Romantic expressiveness and virtuosic flair and was at his best in the big 19th and early 20th century concerto repertory. He premiered works by Walton
, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco
, published a number of original works and arrangements for the cello, and collaborated with Stravinsky
on his Suite Italienne. Widely revered and honored, Piatigorsky was one of the most important and influential musicians of his generation.