We have been notified of the death of French-American pianist Eugen Indjic (born March 11, 1947 in Belgrade). Emigrating to the United States with his mother, an amateur pianist, at the age of four, he there became fascinated by the piano and started studying the instrument.

Eugen Indjic made his first public performance at the age of nine with the Springfield, Mass. Youth Orchestra. Alexander Borovsky taught him in Boston University (1959–1964).

At 13, he performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto in E flat major and a year later the Brahms’ Piano Concerto n°2 with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra.

Between 1961 and 1969, invited by Arthur Fiedler, Eugen Indjic appeared numerous times with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

After his graduation in 1965 from Phillips Academy Andover, Erich Leinsdorf invited him to play Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Boston Symphony, making him the youngest soloist ever to appear with that orchestra.

Leonard-Bernstein Scholar at Harvard University, he studied musicology and composition with Laurence D. Berman and Leon Kirchner, graduating cum laude in 1969. Leonard Bernstein qualified him as « an extraordinary pianist and musician »

He studied composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and then definitely settled in France in 1972 after marrying Odile Rabaud, granddaughter of the French composer Henri Rabaud, who succeeded Fauré as director of the Paris Conservatory.

Prize-winner of three international contests – Warsaw (1970), Leeds (1972), and Rubinstein Tel Aviv (1974) – Indjic has performed with the leading orchestras of the United States, Europe and Asia.

His discography includes works by Chopin (Piano Concertos, complete Ballades, Scherzi, Impromptus, Sonatas and Mazurkas) Debussy, Schumann, Prokofiev, Stravinsky as well as Beethoven.

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