New for "Yesterday's Concert Pianists"
Updated information and links supplied for:
Dr. Nigel Nettheim recently added to his website another rare, historical
and absolutely amazing article from 1947 about this Polish pianist, her childhood
and life during the second world war and her eventual Carnegie Hall debut
in 1946. A must read!
These two links have been redirected to two fascinating articles by Dr.
Jill Halstead published on
"Music for Pianos"
By the way, the biography of Fanny is the subject of this month's
, NEW to this site -- take a look!
and Thank You to Eric Halstead for mentioning "Women at the Piano" in
"Music for Pianos"
New for "Other Contemporary Women
The big news in the piano world this past month was that, along
with Stanislav Ioudenitch,
, 26 years old from Russia, was named a gold medalist of the Eleventh
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on June 10, 2001, the first
woman to have achieved this distinction since 1969. Read all about the competition
and the other six women of the thirty contestants at
, several other pianists were added this month. Websites were found
, Ingrid Fliter
, the last two of whom were finalists in the October 2000 International
Chopin Piano Competition (Ingrid Fliter took Second Place). Of the top
eight finalists, five were women, but only these two have web pages. The
other three are mentioned in the following paragraph from
The Warsaw Voice
"Russian Valentina Igoshina was one of the
few stage-two participants who understood how to play the famous Polonaise
in A Flat Major, Op. 53. A majestic interpretation was also given by
Mika Sato of Japan. The highlight of stage two, however, was the
performance by Etsuko Hirose, a Japanese pianist from France. She
uniquely expressed Chopin's romantic spirit. Her performance of even the
smallest pieces (Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op. 45, Etude in C Sharp Minor,
Op. 25) were masterful. She charmed listeners with the Polonaise-Fantaisie
in A Flat Major. She is definitely a major discovery of this year's competition.
Will she be appreciated by the judges?"
They are still being added to this site, and if you search the web for
their names you will find out more about their developing careers.
A search through the
"Web Concert Hall"
yielded several fascinating interviews of artists:
was very insightful about balancing life as a graduate student and world-traveling
spoke frankly about returning to the piano after breast cancer treatments;
expounded on the magic of Soler's music; and
described the events that led to the formation of the prize-winning,
duo-piano team of Genova and Dimitrov.