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Browning, John

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Browning, John, brilliant American pianist; b. Denver, May 22, 1933. His father was a professional violinist, his mother an accomplished pianist. Browning studied with her from childhood; played a Mozart piano concerto at the age of 10, and was accepted as a student by Rosina Lhévinne, who was giving a master course in Denver at the time. The family later moved to Los Angeles, where Browning became a private student of Lee Pattison. He soon moved to N.Y., where he entered the class of Lhévinne at the Juilliard School of Music; in 1954 he received the $2, 000 Steinway Centennial Award. In 1955 he won the Leventritt Award. He made his N.Y Phil, debut in 1956; then went to Brussels to compete for the International Piano Competition sponsored by Queen Elisabeth; he won second prize, after Vladimir Ashkenazy, who received first prize. Returning to the U.S., he developed a nonstop career of uninterrupted successes. On Sept. 24, 1962, he gave the premiere of Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto with the Boston Sym. Orch., conducted by Erich Leinsdorf at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in N.Y The work became his honorific cachet; it was modern, it was difficult to play, but he performed it hundreds of times in subsequent years. He also performed virtually the entire standard repertoire of piano concertos from Beethoven to Prokofiev. His engagements as a recitalist took him all over the globe, and he frequently appeared with the foremost orchs. as a soloist.

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