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Description - Dame Fanny Waterman: My Life in Music by Fanny Waterman

In 2015, its 50th anniversary year, Faber Music celebrated Dame Fanny Waterman's fundamental and vast contribution to music education with the release of her autobiography, Dame Fanny Waterman: My Life in Music. It tells the extraordinary story of one of the twentieth century's most inspirational British women.

Born into an artistic family in impoverished circumstances, her prodigious musical talent and sheer determination was her passport out of hardship, leading to recognition as one of the most talented young pianists of her generation. Her emergence as a visionary teacher leads to the founding of the Leeds International Piano Competition and relationships with many internationally renowned pianists whose lives she has touched through her work. Interwoven throughout the story, Dame Fanny shares her inspirational philosophies on life, learning and music, and her compelling and utter passion for the piano.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571539185
ISBN-10: 0571539181
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: Faber Music Ltd
Publisher: Faber Music Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Fanny Waterman

Born in Leeds, Dame Fanny Waterman studied with Tobias Matthay, and later as a Scholar at the Royal College of Music, London, with Cyril Smith. After a notable performing career, she felt that her real vocation was as a teacher. Over the years she has given masterclasses on six continents, appeared on television and radio, and with Marion Harewood has compiled a series of publications entitled Piano Lessons, which has achieved sales of two million copies.For the last thirty years she has become a highly sought-after jury member of international competitions including the Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Horowitz, Hamamatsu, Chopin, Bach, Vina del Mar and UNISA. Several of her students have been prize winners in the Leeds, Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, Busoni, London and Geneva competitions.In recognition of her services to music, Dame Fanny was awarded the OBE in 1971, the CBE in 1999 and in 2005 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Universies of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan and York and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. For nine years she served as Vice-President of the World Federation of International Music Competitions from which she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. Earlier, in 2001, the Incorporated Society of Musicians bestowed on her its Distinguished Musician Award for her outstanding contribution to music in this country. She is also Vice-President of the European Piano Teachers' Association (EPTA).In 2004 Dame Fanny received the Freedom of the City of Leeds, the highest honour the City can bestow and, in 2009, was to be invited to become President of the esteemed Harrogate International Festivals. Dame Fanny was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2010.- See more at:

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