P0060. MARTINO TIRIMO : Sonatas #2 in C, D279; #17 in D, D850; Menuetto D277a (Schubert). (E.U.) EMI 66128, recorded 1995. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 724356612822
“Tirimo's playing is often compared to that of Schnabel, Arrau, Rubinstein and other great pianists. He was born in Larnaca into a musical family in Cyprus and began piano and violin lessons with his father, a distinguished conductor and violinist. He gave his first concert at the age of six, performed Haydn's Concerto in D at eight and when only twelve he conducted seven complete performances of Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, including soloists from La Scala, Milan.
At the age of sixteen he won the Franz Liszt Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating with the highest honours, after which he completed his studies in Vienna. In 1971 and 1972 victories in the International Piano Competitions in Munich and Geneva launched his international career.
Tirimo is particularly renowned for his Schubert interpretations and in 1975 became the first pianist to perform a truly complete cycle of the 21 Sonatas in public, with his own completions to the unfinished movements, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.”