A bedtime meeting of keyboard legends

Yesterday, Martha Argerich paid a courtesy visit in Buenos Aires to Elizabeth Westerkamp,a legendary piano teacher who studied with Vicente Scaramuzza. Argerich, along with Daniel Barenboim, Bruno Gelber and Sylvia Kersenbaum were also Scaramuzza pupils.

Westerkamp, who is 100 years old, taught Ingrid Fliter and Federico Lechner, among others.

The Buenos Aires piano school remains keenly productive.

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Dùo Isas-Kwiek, who took this beautiful picture, write: We were rather late and Westerkamp received us in bed with joy and intelligence as always. I share with you a photograph that allowed me to take that moment!

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  • Very touching. Whatever became of Bruno Gelber? Saw him once in Budapest sometime in the ’90s as a substitute for Argerich (who naturally cancelled), in Beethoven’s 3rd piano concerto. It was wonderful in spite of Argerich’s absence.

  • Elizabeth Westerkamp, Chull for those who know her, is the grandmother of Sergio Tiempo and Karin Lechner, mother of Lyl Tiempo.

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