Friday 15 November 2019

80th birthday of Uruguayan pianist Dinorah Varsi

Dinorah Varsi (Photo Werner Bethsold)
Dinorah Varsi (Photo Werner Bethsold)
Today (15 November 2019) would have been the Uruguayan pianist Dinorah Varsi's 80th birthday. Dinorah Varsi (1939 - 2013) was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and gave her first public concert at the age of four. She studied in Montevideo, Paris and New York with Geza Anda becoming her most important teacher and in 1967 she won the prestigious Clara Haskil International Competition in Lucerne. In 2015 Genuin Classics brought out the Dinorah Varsi Legacy set, comprising an amazing 25 CDs, 5 DVDs and a book, with Varsi's recordings of selected live and studio recordings from 1945 to 2004 of works by 28 different composers, from Bach and Rameau to Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Ravel and Tchaikovsky, including such milestones as the major concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. But there are also rarities by Isaac Albéniz, Béla Bartók and Galina Ustwolskaja. You can also catch her performances on YouTube.

In October 2019, France Musique broadcast a programme of her playing Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninov which is still available on-line.

Further information from the Dinorah Varsi website

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