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Michael Steinberg


(b Boa Esperança, Oct 18, 1944; d Mexico City, Nov 4, 2021). Brazilian pianist. He gave his first recital at the age of four, studied in Brazil with Nise Obino and Lucia Branco, and, after winning the International Competition in Rio de Janeiro at 13, with Bruno Seidlhofer in Vienna. In 1964 he won the Vianna da Motta Prize in Lisbon and the Dinu Lipatti Medal in London. He made his début in London and other European capitals in 1968, going to the USA in 1969 (playing with the New York PO and as a soloist with the RPO tour under Kempe), to Israel in 1970, and to Japan in 1971. He subsequently performed much of the piano duo repertory with Martha Argerich, and recorded with her works by Bartók and Ravel. His ample, unforced sound, the brilliance of his technique and the cleanness of his musical taste made a strong impression, and he developed a notable reputation as an interpreter of Chopin, whose complete Preludes he recorded to acclaim....


James Wierzbicki

(b Tel-Aviv, Jan 15, 1946; d Maplewood, NJ, March 31, 2022). Israeli pianist. He moved to the USA in 1962 to study at the Juilliard School of Music with Edward Steuermann and Ilona Kabos. In 1967 he made his New York recital début and won the Young Concert Artists Award; the following year he performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto no.4 in a nationally televised concert with Bernstein and the New York PO. After winning first prize in the Leventritt Competition (1969), he made his European début with Previn and the LSO in 1970. He maintained an active career as a recitalist and soloist, appearing with the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago SO, Boston SO, Berlin PO, LSO and LPO, and the Israel PO, and in Japan, Australia, and Latin America. He performed regularly with the violinist Jaime Laredo and the cellist Sharon Robinson from 1976, and in 1981 the three officially formed the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio; together with the Guarneri Quartet they presented Brahms's complete works for piano and strings in New York in ...