Dinu Lipatti

Dinu Lipatti (March 19, 1917 – December 2, 1950) was a Romanian pianist whose career was tragically cut short by his death from Hodgkin"s disease at age 33.

Lipatti was born in Bucharest into a musical family: his father was a violinist, his mother a pianist, and his godfather was the violinist and composer George Enescu. He finished second at the 1934 Vienna International Piano Competition, which led to Alfred Cortot, who thought he should have won, resigning from the jury in protest. Lipatti subsequently studied under Cortot, Nadia Boulanger (with whom he recorded a number of Johannes Brahms" Liebeslieder Waltzes in the four-hand arrangement), Paul Dukas (composition) and Charles Münch (conducting) in Paris.

Lipatti"s career was interrupted by World War II. Though Lipatti continued to give concerts throughout Europe, including Nazi-occupied territories, he eventually fled his native Romania in 1943 and settled with his wife in Geneva, where he accepted the position as piano professor at the conservatory. It was at this time that the first signs of his illness emerged. As a result, his concertizing receded considerably after the war. He died at age 33 in Geneva. He is buried at the cemetery of Chêne-Bourg, an outskirt of Geneva close to the French border, next to his wife Madeleine, a noted piano teacher.

Lipatti"s playing was characterized by the utmost integrity combined with a phenomenal pianistic technique, which was always employed judiciously and in the quest for musical perfection. Despite a relatively short playing career and a relatively small recorded legacy, Lipatti is considered among the finest pianists of the 20th century. He is particularly noted for his interpretations of Mozart and Chopin, but he also made recordings of Franz Liszt, Enescu, Maurice Ravel"s Alborada del Gracioso, the Schumann and Grieg piano concertos, and Johann Sebastian Bach. His recordings of the Schumann and Grieg concertos are widely considered to be among the finest ever made. His recording of Chopin"s Waltzes has remained in print since its release and has long been a favorite of many classical music-lovers.

In addition to his pianistic endeavours, Lipatti was also a noted composer who wrote in a neoclassical vein with clear Gallic and Romanian touches.

He was posthumously made a member of the Romanian Academy (in 1997).

It should be noted that a much acclaimed recording of Chopin"s First Piano Concerto, originally released under Lipatti"s name, was not made by him at all. Only in 1981 did it emerge that the soloist on this recording was in fact a Polish pianist (and a fellow Cortot pupil), the comparatively little known Halina Czerny-Stefanska.

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