- David Drew
- and Noël Goodwin
(b Kiev, July 27, 1912; d Antibes, March 7, 1983). French composer and conductor of Ukrainian birth. When he was two years old he left Kiev with his parents for Paris; the family settled in Switzerland two years later. His early musical education was initiated by his father, Boris Nikolayevich, a pianist, and continued by one of his father’s pupils. At the age of 13 he played his piano suite Noces to Cortot, who arranged both his entry (after two years) to the Ecole Normale de Musique, and the publication of Noces by Senart. After three years’ study with Cortot and Nadia Boulanger, the 16-year-old composer was introduced to Diaghilev, and played him part of his work-in-progress (the Sinfonietta). He was rewarded with commissions for a piano concerto and a ballet.
With the composer as soloist, the concerto was performed in the gala concert inaugurating the Diaghilev company’s ...