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Michael Steinberg

(José)

(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....