Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha dies aged 86

26th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spain's Alicia de Larrocha, a child prodigy who went on to become one of the greatest classical pianists of her generation, has died at the age of 86, a Barcelona hospital said Saturday.

Madrid - Spain's Alicia de Larrocha, a child prodigy who went on to become one of the greatest classical pianists of her generation, has died at the age of 86, a Barcelona hospital said Saturday.

A spokesman for the Quiron hospital, where she was admitted some days ago, said she died from cardiorespiratory failure shortly after 11:00 pm (2100 GMT) on Friday.

Born in Barcelona in 1923, she gave her first recital at age six and made her orchestral debut aged 11.

The last of some 4,000 concerts was in 2003, when she was 80.

She was particularly reknowned for her recordings of composers from her native Spain, such as Enrique Granados and Isaac Albeniz.

She won two Grammys as well Spain's Prince of Asturias award for the arts in 1994.

Married to a pianist, Juan Torra, she was the mother of a son and a daughter.

AFP/Expatica

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