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(b White Plains, NY, Nov 10, 1939). American pianist and teacher. She learned to play piano by ear at an early age and began formal study in Washington, DC, with Bessie and Glenn Dillard Gunn at the age of five. She made her first public appearance at the age of nine, and at 13 entered the Peabody Conservatory, where she trained with Mieczsław Munz, a noted Chopin specialist. In 1958 she made her recital debut at Wigmore Hall in London and the same year played Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the BBC SO under Malcolm Sargent. Concert appearances followed in Vienna, Stockholm, Oslo, and other European centers. In 1959 her set of recordings of works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Bartók was issued by Kapp and firmly established her career in the United States; this was followed by her American debut with the New York PO in Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto and her recital debut at Carnegie Hall, both in ...