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date: 18 August 2019

Tacchino, Gabriellocked

  • Dominic Gill
  • , revised by Charles Timbrell

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(b Cannes, Aug 4, 1934). French pianist and teacher. He began his studies in Nice and received a premier prix in the class of Jean Batalla at the Paris Conservatoire in 1953. He also studied with Marguerite Long, Jacques Février and Francis Poulenc. He won prizes at several competitions, including Vercelli (1953), Bolzano (1954), Geneva (1955) and Naples (1956), and has subsequently enjoyed a distinguished international career. From 1975 to 1994 he taught a piano class at the Paris Conservatoire, and he has also taught at the Nice Summer Academy. He founded two festivals in Cannes, the Nuits Musicales du Suquet (1975) and an international festival of classical music (1992). He has been active as a chamber musician with such artists as Isaac Stern, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Jean-Pierre Wallez. Tacchino is a pianist of gentle but disciplined temperament, praised for his interpretation of a wide repertory from Bach to Gershwin. His numerous recordings include excellent accounts of the five concertos of Prokofiev and a fresh and stylish exploration of the complete piano works of Poulenc....

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