Idil Biret Biography

IDIL BIRET BIOGRAPHY by Leman Biret As the parents of a gifted child, we were always reminded to keep a journal when Idil was growing up and record not only her musical progress but even her daily prating. Unfortunately, we never did get around to do this, and now I greatly regret the lack of…

Reminiscences on Idil Biret

by Leman Biret As the parents of a gifted child, we were always reminded to keep a journal when Idil was growing up and record not only her musical progress but even her daily prating. Unfortunately, we never did get around to do this, and now I greatly regret the lack of any sort of…

Idil Biret’s career in East Germany (GDR)

1979/1990 Photography: Idil at Leipziger Gewandhaus in 1985 before the 2nd Bartok concerto under the baton of Thedore Guschlbauer Idil Biret was due to make her fifth tour of the german Democratic republic in early 1990 with concerts scheduled in Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Halle and other cities when unrest started there which resulted in the…

Prof. Wilhelm Kempff in Turkey

Idil Biret read from this text for the Bayerische TV programm Prepared by Sefik YĆ¼ksel – recorded in Ammerland in 1995 It was in June 1982 during a weeklong stay of Idil Biret in Italy with Prof. Kempff in his Villa overlooking the Mediterranean from the Positano village heights that the subject of Prof. Kempff’s…

The Declaration of the Piano Virtuoso Kempff

Excerpts of an interview with W. Kempff in Istanbul AKSAM Newspaper – 21 January 1950 (Photo below: Copy of part of the original page of the newspaper AKSAM) “Music in Turkey is becoming quickly westernised. I heard Idil Biret in Paris. In ten years she will be an internationally renowned artist” Wilhelm Kempff was preparing…

From the memoires of Alan Weiner on Idil Biret’s childhood years in Paris (1950)

The most vivid memories of my stay in Paris are the result of my relations with two females, one sixty two years of age [Nadia Boulanger], the other eight [Idil Biret]. Aside from my musical studies, the most rewarding result of my trip to Paris has been my acquaintance with Idil Biret and her parents.…

American Debut

November 22, 1963 Idil Biret’s first concert in the United States took place in Boston. Following a suggestion by Nadia Boulanger, Biret received an invitation from Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform a series of concerts in November 1963 in Boston, New York and other cities. At the time of the invitation Charles Munch was the…