Chopin pianist de Waal passes away

27th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Dutch pianist Rian de Waal has died, aged 53, following several years of illness.

The virtuoso achieved his breakthrough in the international piano circuit after winning the Belgian Queen Elizabeth competition in 1983.

He was particularly known as a Liszt and Chopin specialist. De Waal combined his work as a performer with teaching at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. He was also artistic director of the Peter the Great classical music festival, held every summer in the northern city of Groningen. The festival also features a special academy for young, talented singers, pianists, clarinettists and string instrumentalists.

De Waal’s family announced on Thursday that the pianist had passed away the day before. He will be buried at a private service next Wednesday.

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