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Encyclopedia > Arthur De Greef

Arthur De Greef (October 10, 1862 _ August 29, 1940) was a Belgian pianist and composer.


Born in Leuven, he studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels under Louis Brassin, a student of Ignaz Moscheles. After graduating with the greatest distinction at the age of seventeen, he went to Weimar to complete his studies under Franz Liszt.


After two years in Weimar, he embarked on a successful career as a concert pianist, travelling widely. He became a friend of Edvard Grieg, who called him "the best performer of my music I have met with". He also enjoyed the endorsement of Camille Saint-Saens.


De Greef started composing only at the age of 30. His most significant works are his two piano concertos. He also thaught piano at the Brussels Conservatory.




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DeGreef Grieg Concerto (416 words)
Belgium-born Arthur De Greef (1862-1940) had the distinction of studying with Franz Liszt.
Grieg totally endorsed De Greef's performance of his music ("De Greef is the best interpreter of my music I have met with"), although later he also endorsed Percy Grainger in the same fashion -- and the two pianists' performance styles differed significantly as can be heard from the latter's live recordings.
De Greef recorded an acoustic abbreviated version of Grieg's concerto in 1921 for Victor and made the first complete recording of the concerto for the same label January 18, 1927 in the early days of electric recording, heard on this new CD.
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