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DAVID HELFGOTT - PIANIST

Autographed 6” x 8.25” half tone photograph of the Australian pianist and subject of the Academy Award nominated film shine, 2001.  The photograph comes with the transmittal envelope with Helfgott’s address sticker.

Helfgott (1947 -     ) was a bona fide prodigy.  A pupil from an early age of Alice Carrard who was a pupil of Istvan Toman and Bela Bartok.  He rapidly progressed, winning several awards in Australia.  Conversely his environment as a child was knee capped by an abusive father whose actions caused severe psychological problems which would manifest themselves later in his life.  In 1996 a biopic directed by Oliver Stone clearly displayed the abuse the young pianist endured.  In 1966 at the age of 19, Helfgott won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied with Cyril Smith.  Smith had been a pupil of Herbert Fryer, so Helfgott learned the Matthay method through him.  His success at RAM led to the Dannreuther prize there for his performance of the Rachmaninov 3rd Piano Concerto and the Barton prize for piano performance.

During his time in London Helfgott began experiencing psychological issues which were apparently difficult to diagnose and eventually manifested into schizoaffective disorder.  He returned to Australia in 1970 where he spent the early part of the decade in a mental hospital and later once released in the mid 1970’s he became a rehearsal pianist and played in a bar.  He began to play on the concert stage in 1986 with an Australian and a European tour.  Nearly a decade later he played the soundtrack for the film about his life.  The film led to a tour of England and the United States which were not received as he would have liked.  That said he has made other tours including Asia and Australia over the years.  Essentially a promising career where he was expected to be the next Vladimir Horowitz, to an interesting career hobbled by his psychological issues.

He had Australian gigs on his schedule for 2020 and has European performances scheduled for 2021.

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