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NICANOR ZABALETA - PIANIST

Autographed 7 x 9.25 original matte, double-weight Laboratorio Fotografico Neumann Hermanos photograph of the legendary Spanish harpist dedicated to Sociedad Pro Arte Musical in San Juan, Puerto Rico, San Juan, May 22, 1938.

Zabaleta (1907-1993) was given a harp at seven by his musical Father. Lessons at the Madrid Conservatory with Vincenta Tormo de Calvo and privately with Luisa Menarguez. He went to Paris at 17 to study at the Conservatoire with Marcel Tournier and Jacqueline Borot. He also studied composition with Eugene Cools. His professional debut was in Paris in 1926. After military service, he travelled to the United States making his debut in 1934 and basing himself in New York for the following two decades. A tour in Central America and Cubs brought Zabaleta considerable wealth through his high performance fees. Further encouragement from Australian composer and critic Deborah Glanville-Hicks to perform modern music brought him additional acclaim. In 1950 he met his bride Graziela in San Juan and they were married in 1952 and he moved back to Spain with her. Many European tours ensued. Zabaleta commissioned a considerable number of works for the harp, Joaquin Rodrigo re-wrote his Concierto Aranjuez for harp and orchestra at his request. Also his Serenata Concierto as well. Other composers, Jean Michael Demase, Alberto Ginastera, Deborah Glanville-Hicks, Paul Hindemith, Alan Hovhaness, Ernst Krenek, Juan Vincente Lecuna, Darius Milhaud, Xavier Montsalvgte, Walter Piston, Michele Pittaluga, Alexandre Tansman, Germaine Telleferre, Virgil Thomson and Heitor Villa-Lobos were among the thirty or so composers Zabaleta commissioned to write new modern pieces for the harp. The harpist also brought back neglected works from famous composers from the past like, Albrechtsberger, Baracisse, Dittersdorf, Krumpholtz and Viotti, programming their works in concert and recording them.

Zabaleta played his final concert in 1992.

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