Radio pioneer
Australia, 1922

Spivakovsky was invited to be the opening performer on the first live concert broadcast to the Australian public on 31 March 1922. From The Argus: "Mr Spivakovsky played the Butterfly study by Chopin and Mendelssohn's Scherzo in E Minor, accentuating the movements and neglecting the soft pedal. The melody was flashed through the air at a speed of 186,000 miles per second. 'I would very much like to hear myself playing that,' said the young pianist in broken English … Spivakovsky has electrified Sydney audiences, but he was thrilled himself today by the knowledge that he was flashing his music a distance of 500 miles in one-fifteenth of one second."