Dinu Lipatti – Chopin Valse n° 10 in B minor
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Dinu Lipatti (Romanian pronunciation 1 April [O.S. 19 March] 1917 – 2 December 1950) was a Romanian classical pianist and composer whose career was cut short by his death from causes related to Hodgkin’s disease at age 33. He was elected posthumously to the Romanian Academy.
Constantin Lipatti (from childhood called by the diminutive “Dinu”) was born in Bucharest into a musical family: his father was a violinist who had studied with Pablo de Sarasate and Carl Flesch, his mother a pianist.
For his baptism, which occurred not shortly after birth as is usual, but when he was old enough to play the piano, the violinist and composer George Enescu agreed to be his godfather.
Lipatti played a minuet by Mozart at his own baptism. He studied at the Gheorghe Lazăr High School, while studying piano and composition with Mihail Jora for three years.
He then attended the Bucharest Conservatoire, studying under Florica Musicescu, who also taught him privately. In June 1930, the best pupils at the Conservatoire gave a concert at the Bucharest Opera, and the 13-year-old Lipatti received a huge ovation for his performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor.
In 1932 he won prizes for his compositions: a Piano Sonatina, and a Sonatina for Violin and Piano. That year he also won a Grand Prize for his symphonic suite Les Tziganes.
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