BIOGRAPHY Part 2

He died on 13 June 1976.

Three years later, the first Concours Géza Anda was held, with the aim of encouraging a younger generation of pianists to develop in Anda’s spirit.

Anda’s early bravura displays in the Liszt, Franck, Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov repertoire, his pioneering Bartok interpretations, and his brilliantly captivating Chopin – all had the same power of expression as his performances of the German Romantics.

His musical, technical and spiritual insights were based on a forging of form and substance within each work, as notable in Beethoven as in Schubert, Schumann and Brahms.

It was this approach that gave Anda’s playing its renowned clarity; it lay at the heart of his “festive temperament”.

Thanks to Clara Haskil’s encouragement, it also influenced his approach to Mozart.

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