Farrell - A Biography
Farrell - A Biography
Jillett, David
Benton-Ross Ltd 1985 Richard Farrell (1926–1958) was a New Zealand classical pianist who achieved almost legendary status, but whose flourishing career was terminated in a road accident at the age of 31. He has been described as New Zealand's "greatest classical pianist". He made his first radio broadcast when aged only four. From age six he had piano lessons with Florence Fitzgerald, and from age 9 he studied with Gordon Short. At age seven Farrell played his own composition, a lament on the death of Archbishop Francis Redwood, in a public concert with the Wellington Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 12, he was noted to possess absolute pitch. At the age of 12 he moved to Sydney, Australia with his mother Ella and two brothers, Peter and Paul, going on to study under Alexander Sverjensky at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music for five years. During this time, he attracted the notice and commendations from Arthur Rubinstein and Eileen Joyce. While the tenor Richard Tauber was on an Australian tour, he heard Farrell and offered him a European tour, which Farrell was unable to accept due to the war that was then in progress. Farrell returned to New Zealand in 1939 and 1942, giving recitals and performances.. He died in a car accident near Arundel, Houghton, Sussex, on 27 May 1958...
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