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Compelling genius of inspired pianist Angela

"A TRUE genius, and genius it is. A marvellously exciting artist, passionate, rhapsodic, totally compelling," The Guardian has written in describing the pianism of Angela Brownridge.

It can be heard at Firth Hall on Tuesday when she plays music by Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, Leighton and Scriabin at the first concert of the University of Sheffield's 2008-09 concert season organised by the Department of Music.

The reason for her success is that early in her career she eschewed a single method of technique and developed a means of meeting the different demands of composers based on the inspiration of the moment.

In this respect, her playing has led people to say that it recalls legendary past names like Schnabel, Cortot and Lipatti in its utter spontaneity, individuality and personality.

Not for Angela Brownridge faceless, digital perfection, although she is a technically brilliant pianist – "One of the world's finest pianists," the New York Times said.

A child prodigy, also a gifted composer and improviser, she made her first public appearance as a pianist at the age of seven.

A year later, a number of her compositions were published and, at 10, she gave her first concerto performance.

By her mid-teens, she was regularly appearing as a recitalist and concerto soloist before studying composition at Edinburgh University with Kenneth Leighton whose complete piano music she has recently recorded.

Further piano studies were with Guido Agosti in Rome and Maria Curcio, a pupil of Schnabel, in London.

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