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Pianist to Be Buried Decade After Death

Pianist to Be Buried Decade After Death

The remains of Czech-born American pianist Rudolf Firkusny are to be laid to rest in a cemetery in the Czech Republic 13 years after his death.
Firkusny, known for his fiery artistic temperament coupled with a brilliant technique, died in 1994 at age 82 in Staatsburg, N.Y.
His wife, Tatiana Nevole Firkusny, died in 2005 at age 60 in New York.
They were cremated and their ashes mixed. The family held the urn until they could arrange the burial in their native land, according to Veronique Firkusny-Callegari, their daughter.
The burial will be Sept. 10 at the central cemetery in Brno, Tatiana Nevole Firkusny's birthplace, the daughter said Tuesday.
Rudolf Firkusny was born in the town of Napajedla.
At age 5, he began studying piano with the Czech composer Leos Janacek. He also became a close friend of another leading Czech composer, Bohuslav Martinu, and studied works of Dvorak with the composer's son-in-law, the violinist Josef Suk.
In addition to music of his countrymen, Firkusny excelled in elegant, masterful interpretations of the Classical and Romantic repertoire, performing with such musicians as conductors George Szell and Rafael Kubelik.
The interment ceremony is to be followed by an evening concert of piano music under the auspices of Brno's mayor, as well as the city's Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts and Masaryk University.
(This version corrects number of years after his death to 13, not 10)


Updated : 2021-01-19 03:36 GMT+08:00