stirring the soul

The distinguished American pianist and conductor, Stephen Kovacevich, was born under the name Stephen Bishop to a Croatian father and an American mother. He began his piano studies with Lev Schorr in 1948, and in 1951, at the age of 11, made his public concert debut in San Francisco. When he was 14, he played Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major and Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.  In 1959 he went to London on a scholarship to pursue his piano training with Dame Myra Hess. A highly influential teacher, Myra Hessrecognized and encouraged Kovacevich’s affinity with Beethoven’smusic, particularly the works from his late period.

– source: Bach Cantatas.com

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