Frugoni, Orazio

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Frugoni, Orazio

Frugoni, Orazio, Italian pianist and pedagogue; b. Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 28, 1921; d. April 1997. After graduating as a student of Scuderi at the Milan Cons, in 1939, he attended the master classes of Casella at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and of Lipatti at the Geneva Cons., where he was awarded the prix de virtuosite in 1945. From 1939 he played in Italy. After making his U.S. debut at N.Y.’s Town Hall in 1947, he performed throughout the U.S. He also taught at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (1951–67), and then was director of the Graduate School of Fine Arts at Villa Schifanoia in Florence (1967–75). He taught at the Cherubini Cons, in Florence (from 1972).

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