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Timeline

Biography


1929

- June: Lipatti makes his first public appearance in his new position of music student, together with his colleague Maria Fotino. He plays the Capriccio brillant by Felix Mendelssohn.


1930

- Lipatti makes a successful debut as orchestral soloist in a festival hosted by the Bucharest Opera Hall. He plays the first movement of Edvard Grieg’s Piano concerto in a minor under Professor Dan Simionescu.


1931

- Lipatti plays, in June, the second and the third movement of Grieg’s piano concerto, wearing a white suite with sailor collar and and short pants.


1932

- Lipatti obtains his graduate diploma and the “Paul Ciuntu” Prize from the Royal Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in Bucharest, after only four years of study, instead of the official seven. At the graduates’ concert, taking place in June, Lipatti performs Chopin’s Piano concerto no. 1 in e minor in the company of Professor C. C. Nottara.
- He is awarded first mention in the George Enescu Composition Competition for his first piano sonata.


1933

- February 10: at the Romanian Athenaeum, Lipatti makes his first appearance with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, playing, under Alfred Alessandrescu, Franz Liszt’s Piano concerto no. 1 in E flat major.
- March: the second concert with Bucharest Philharmonic, this time led by under George Georgescu. Lipatti stands in, in the last moment, for a Polish pianist, performing Chopin’s first piano concerto.
- He is awarded second prize in the George Enescu Composition Competition for his Sonatina for violin and piano. Even if the work had actually ranked first, it didn’t win Lipatti the first prize: the rules stipulated that the winner be a member of the jury in the following editions of the competition, and Lipatti was only sixteen.
- He is awarded second prize in the International Piano Competition in Vienna. Displeased with the fact that Lipatti didn’t win the competition, Alfred Cortot leaves the jury.
- He opens the music season of the Bucharest Philharmonic. For his third appearance as in front of the Philharmonic Orchestra he performs, in an evening led by George Georgescu, Grieg’s A minor concerto.