Aldo Ciccolini

French-Italian pianist Aldo Ciccolini, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award of ICMA in 2013, died today, aged 89. He was born in August 1925 in Naples. He began his performing career playing at the Teatro San Carlo at the age of 16. The ICMA Jury said in 2013: « A pianistic legend in his own lifetime, Aldo Ciccolini has been performing all over the world for more than seventy years now. His numerous recordings, some of which offer a generous overview of a composer’s works, have gained ever-increasing critical recognition with the passing decades. At a very advanced age he continues to share his passion for music with audiences and his profound knowledge of the repertoire with his pupils. ICMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 honors a great musician and an extraordinary personality. »

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