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Abdel Rahman El Bacha plays Stravinsky - Petrushka suite (2/2)
Seeded by rayjr on 26 May 2010
Author: Halfaouine
Live @ Nancy 2001 Abdel Rahman El Bacha was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1958 to a family of musicians - his father Tawfik El Bacha was a well-known composer and his mother was a singer. He remarked in an interview that his mother possessed a sharp ear for music without the ability to read it in written form, and that this taught him the importance of learning music by ear. He began his piano schooling in 1967 at the age of nine, with Zvart Sarkissian (a pupil of Marguerite Long and Jacques Février). At the age of ten, he gave his first concert with an orchestra. He was offered scholarships in France, the United Kingdom and then then USSR. He opted for France, studying at the Paris Conservatoire and graduating from there with four prizes: piano, chamber music, harmony and counterpoint. At the age of nineteen, in June 1978, El Bacha won the Concours Reine Elisabeth de Belgique by a unanimous judgment. He was also awarded the Audience Prize at the same competition. In 1983,