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JOSE CARLOS SEQUEIRA COSTA  - PIANIST

Autographed 5” x 8” original Fritz Curzon reverse blind stamped photograph of the Portuguese pianist, 1995.

Costa (1929-2019) was born in Angola to Portuguese parents who took him to Lisbon when he was eight to study with Liszt’s pupil Jose Vianna da Motta.  He remained with da Motta until his death in 1948 moving to London to study with Mark Hambourg.  He then went on to Paris where he studied with Marguerite Long and Jacques Fevrier at the Conservatoire.  He finished with Edwin Fischer in Lucerne.  He won the 2nd Marguerite Long Piano Competition in 1951.

Costa had a brilliant career for six decades transversing the World playing concerts and recitals for seven decades.  He established the Vianna da Motta Piano Competition with the help of the Gulbenkian Foundation.  He was closely associated with the Foundation and in recent years completed a Beethoven Sonata Cycle recording for them.  The pianist also served on juries for a number of competitions including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.  He accepted a position of Professor of Piano at the University of Kansas in 1976 which he held until the time of his death this February.

The photographer Fritz Curzon is the adopted son of pianist Clifford Curzon and the son of soprano Maria Cebotari and Töne Film star Gustav Diessl.