Parsons, Geoffrey (Penwill)

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Parsons, Geoffrey (Penwill)

Parsons, Geoffrey (Penwill), notable Australian piano accompanist and teacher; b. Sydney, June 15, 1929; d. London, Jan. 26, 1995. He received his training from Winifried Burston at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music in Sydney (1941–48) and from Wührer in Munich (1956). In 1948 he made his first tour of Australia. In 1950 he first appeared in London, where he settled. In subsequent years, he pursued an international career as a piano accompanist to many of the leading artists of the day. He toured Australia some 30 times and performed in more than 40 nations. He also gave master classes in the art of piano accompaniment. In 1977 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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