Terrible news: Death of a dazzling US pianist, aged 29
October 23, 2014 by norman lebrecht
We have received tragic news of the death of Christopher Falzone.
A Leon Fleisher student at Curtis, he won a fistful of awards, including Martha Argerich’s Virtuosos of the Future (2009) and the Blanche Selva (2010). He gave concertos with Michael Tilson Thomas in Los Angeles and Leonard Slatkin in Chicago, and a wide range of recitals in Europe.
He had technique to spare and made his own transcription of Busoni’s notoriously difficult piano concerto. But all was not well with his mental health and he was confined to hospital. He was unable to attend the Argerich festival last summer, prevented from doing so (he maintained) by legal restraints.
We do not yet have confirmation of the cause or place of death yesterday (Tuesday), but the loss is very great indeed.
UPDATE: More details here.
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