Fanny Waterman has died, aged 100main
The founder of the Leeds International Piano Competition died early today at a great age.
Fanny was a force of fire in piano playing, attracting the best pianists to her jury and some of the most promising as competitors. She founded the event in 1963 with her husband, the Leeds physician, Geoffrey de Keyser and with Marion Thorpe,then the Countess of Harewood.
Fanny she remained chairman and artistic director until 2015.
Winners of the Leeds included Radu Lupu, Murray Perahia, Sunwook Kim and latterly Federico Colli and Eric Lu. András Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, Lars Vogt and Denis Kozhukhin were among the runners-up.
Her book series Piano Lessons with Fanny Waterman/Marion Harewood sold more than three million copies.
In 2005 Fanny was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She was always on the ball, dominating a room, a bundle of energy that never flagged to the end. The city of Leeds will not be the same without her.
She is survived by two sons.