Zeltser, Mark, Russian-born American pianist; b. Kishinev, April 8, 1947. He began piano lessons as a child under his mother’s tutelage and made his debut as a soloist with the Kishinev Phil. when he was 9. He pursued training with Flier at the Moscow Cons., graduating in 1971. In the meantime, he captured 3rdprize in the Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris in 1967 and 2nd prize in the Busoni Competition in Bolzano in 1968. In 1976 he played at the Spoleto Festival. He made his first appearance at the Salzburg Festival in 1977. In 1978 he made his N.Y. debut. In subsequent seasons, he appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s major orchs. and as a recitalist.
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