Alexis Weissenberg

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Alexis Weissenberg in 1947

Alexis Weissenberg (26 July 1929 – 8 January 2012) was a French pianist of Jewish-Bulgarian descent.[1] Technically brilliant, his playing was often described as cold and precise.[1] Weissenberg was born in Sofia and in 1941 was sent to a concentration camp with his family.[1] A guard liked his playing and helped the family escape to Turkey, and then to Jerusalem.[1] In 1946 he moved to New York and studied at the Julliard School of Music.[1] He toured for about ten years, but then did not play in public until 1966 when he performed with Herbert von Karajan in Berlin.[1] He finally settled in Spain, but rarely performed in public.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Alexis Weissenberg". The Daily Telegraph. London. 10 January 2012. ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 13 March 2012.