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date: 12 December 2019

di Bonaventura, Anthony locked

  • Richard Dyer
  • , revised by Lisa Scoggin

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(b Follansbee, WV, Nov 12, 1929; d Boston, MA, Nov 12, 2012). American pianist, brother of conductor Mario di Bonaventura. He made his debut with the New York PO at age 13, playing Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto op.37. When he was 18 he enrolled in the Curtis Institute, where he remained for five years, studying under Isabelle Vengerova. After military service he went to Europe in 1958 and was soon appearing not only in recital but with leading European and American orchestras. Notably, in 1959, Otto Klemperer chose him for a Beethoven concerto cycle with the London Philharmonia Orchestra. Since then he has performed in some of the world’s most prominent venues around the world, including Lincoln Center in New York, the Concertgebouw, the Sydney Opera House, and Spoleto. Di Bonaventura has always been a champion of contemporary music. Among the composers who have written works for him are Vincent Persichetti (Piano Concerto op.90), Luciano Berio (...

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