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1-11-2012, 01:01
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Yolanda Mero Yolanda Mero (aka Jolanda Mero; Hungarian spelling Mérő; later Mero-Irion) (30 August 1887 – 17 October 1963) was a Hungarian-American pianist, opera and theatre impresario, and philanthropist who supported destitute musicians.

Yolanda Mero was born into a Jewish family in Budapest to Salamon Mérő and Rozalia (neé Pick). She began studying at the age of 8 at the National Conservatory with Augusta Rennebaum, a pupil of Franz Liszt. She made her debut at age 15 with the Dresden Philharmonic, then toured the world for four years. She moved to the United States with her family in 1900, first appearing in New York in 1909, with the Russian Symphony Orchestra.
A week after arriving in New York, she met Hermann Irion, an executive of the Steinway Piano company, and married him only four weeks later, on 16 December 1909.
In the US she played concertos under the baton of Gustav Mahler,, Leopold Stokowski and others. She later had a teaching post at her alma mater in Budapest.

Her verve and bravura, but also her wayward approach, were noted. In a review of her concert at New York's Aeolian Hall in January 1919, James Huneker wrote that
"... she transformed Chopin preludes into veritable typhoons", and "...
in the Barcarolle, instead of gondolas and the vows of lovers, moonlight and soft Adriatic zephyrs, we were shown a huge warship that steamed through the Grand Canal, sirens screaming, cannons booming, and a band playing Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt...

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31-10-2012, 01:57
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Michele Campanella (born 5 June 1947) is an Italian pianist who specialises in the music of Franz Liszt, and is also a conductor. Michele Campanella

Campanella was born in Naples in 1947. He won the Alfredo Casella Prize at age 19, after studying with Vincenzo Vitale.
This led to an international performing career, taking him to many countries (Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, China, Argentina, Brazil), regularly appearing at international music festivals such as Lucerne, Vienna, Berlin, Prague, Taormina, Turin, and Pesaro, and working with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Vernon Handley, Eliahu Inbal, Sir Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Georges Prêtre, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Thomas Schippers, Hubert Soudant, and Christian Thielemann. He is also a regular chamber music player, and has often appeared with Salvatore Accardo, Rocco Filippini and Claudio Desideri.

He has devoted complete seasons to a single composer – Franz Liszt, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Johannes Brahms.
He has recorded the complete works of Beethoven, the Mozart piano concertos, the complete variations by Brahms, and the complete Hungarian Rhapsodies and many of the major transcriptions of Liszt. For his Liszt recordings, Campanella received the Grand Prix du Disque of the Franz Liszt Society in Budapest in 1976, 1977 and 1998, as well as the "Premio della critica discografica italiana" in 1980. He also received the Fondazione Premio Napoli and Fondazione Guido e Roberto Cortese awards...

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30-10-2012, 04:51
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Svetla Protich Svetla Protich (Bulgarian: Светла Протич), born on July 24, 1939 in Sofia, is a notable Bulgarian classical pianist and professor of music.

Svetla Protich started taking piano lessons at the age of 5 under prof. Dimitar Nenov, and performed her first solo-recital when she was only 8 years old. At the age of 9 she was offered a membership in the prestigious Bulgarian Union of Performing Artists and Musicians. At 15 she became a full time piano student at the Sofia Conservatory of Music, and graduated from the same school at 20 years old, with honors. She took her Master Degree at the Bucharest Conservatory of Music, with the legendary professor Florica Musicescu (daughter of Moldova-born Romanian composer Gavril Musicescu).
After completing her education, Svetla Protich became an active concert pianist. She was a soloist of the Sofia Philharmony and of several other orchestras, and also performed multiple solo recitals. Her performances were recognized in dozens of countries around the world: the former USSR, France, Italy, Poland, Egypt, Norway, Hungary, former Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, United States, etc. In 1981, she made her solo debut in London at the world famous Wigmore Hall. In the same year, following an invitation from the Austrian Ministry of Culture, Svetla Protich completed a 1-year professional specialization in the music of Mozart and Schubert: stylistical interpretation and performance.
Prof. Svetla Protich is currently a professor of piano music at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto, Japan. Together with her work as a scholar, Mrs. Protich continues to perform actively as a soloist of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as chamber music and solo piano recitals...

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29-10-2012, 00:26
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Louis-Joseph Diémer Louis Diémer (14 February 1843, Paris – 21 December 1919, Paris) was a French pianist and composer. He was the founder of the Société des Instruments Anciens in the 1890s, and gave recitals on the harpsichord. His output as a composer was extensive, including a piano concerto and a quantity of salon pieces, all more or less forgotten these days.

Diémer studied at the Paris Conservatoire, winning premiers prix in piano, harmony and accompaniment, counterpoint and fugue, and solfège, and a second prix in organ. His teachers were Antoine Marmontel for piano, Ambroise Thomas for composition and François Benoist for organ.
He quickly built a reputation as a virtuoso and toured with the violinist Pablo de Sarasate. At the Conservatoire he taught, among others, Édouard Risler, Alfred Cortot, Lazare Lévy, Alfredo Casella, Yves Nat, Marcel Ciampi, and Robert Casadesus.

In 1888, Diémer succeeded Marmontel as professor of piano at the Paris Conservatory. He was also instrumental in promoting the use of historical instruments, giving a series of harpsichord performances as part of the 1889 Universal Exhibition and contributing to the founding of the Société des Instruments Anciens...

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27-10-2012, 18:45
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Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn, Jr. Van Cliburn (born July 12, 1934), is an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958 at the age of twenty-three, when he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, at the height of the Cold War.

Van Cliburn was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and began taking piano lessons at the age of three from his mother, the former Rildia Bee O'Bryan, who herself had been instructed by Arthur Friedheim, a pupil of Franz Liszt. At six years old, Cliburn moved with his family to Kilgore, Texas, and at twelve he won a statewide piano competition which enabled him to debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He entered the Juilliard School at the age of seventeen, and studied under Rosina Lhévinne, who trained him in the tradition of the great Russian romantics. At twenty, Cliburn won the Leventritt Award, and made his Carnegie Hall debut.

It was his recognition in Moscow that propelled Cliburn to international fame. The first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 was an event designed to demonstrate Soviet cultural superiority during the Cold War, on the heels of their technological victory with the Sputnik launch in October 1957. Cliburn's performance at the competition finale of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 earned him a standing ovation lasting eight minutes. When it was time to announce a winner, the judges were obliged to ask permission of the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to give first prize to an American. "Is he the best?" Khrushchev asked. "Then give him the prize!" Cliburn returned home to a ticker-tape parade in New York City, the only time the honor has been accorded a classical musician. His cover story in Time proclaimed him "The Texan Who Conquered Russia."...

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