Idil Biret Photo No. 01
Idil Biret Photo No. 01
Idil Biret Foto No.2
Idil Biret Foto No.2
Idil Biret Photo No.3
Idil Biret Photo No.3
Idil Biret Photo No.4
Idil Biret Photo No.4
İdil Biret Photo No.5
İdil Biret Photo No.5
Idil Biret Photo No.6
Idil Biret Photo No.6
Idil Biret Foto No.7
Idil Biret Foto No.7
Idil Biret Photo. No. 8
Idil Biret Photo. No. 8
Idil Biret Photo No.9
Idil Biret Photo No.9
Idil Biret Photo No.10
Idil Biret Photo No.10
Idil Biret Photo No. 11
Idil Biret Photo No. 11
Idil Biret Photo No.12
Idil Biret Photo No.12
Idil Biret Photo No.13
Idil Biret Photo No.13
Idil Biret Photo No.14
Idil Biret Photo No.14
Idil Biret Photo No.15
Idil Biret Photo No.15
Idil Biret Photo No.16
Idil Biret Photo No.16
Idil Biret Photo No.17
Idil Biret Photo No.17
Idil Biret Photo No.18
Idil Biret Photo No.18
Idil Biret Photo No. 19
Idil Biret Photo No. 19
Idil Biret Photo No. 20
Idil Biret Photo No. 20
Idil Biret Photo No. 21
Idil Biret Photo No. 21
Idil Biret Photo No. 22
Idil Biret Photo No. 22
Idil Biret Photo No. 23
Idil Biret Photo No. 23
Idil Biret Photo No. 24
Idil Biret Photo No. 24

Idil Biret with Wilhelm Kempff

The concerts of the master and pupil in Paris announced together. 14 December 1959 Kempff at Salle Pleyel - 15 December 1959 Biret at Salle Gaveau
The concerts of the master and pupil in Paris announced together. 14 December 1959 Kempff at Salle Pleyel - 15 December 1959 Biret at Salle Gaveau
Kempff and Turkish prime minister Ismet Inönü after his concert in Ankara (1963)
Kempff and Turkish prime minister Ismet Inönü after his concert in Ankara (1963)
The photo of Kempff he gave to Idil after the Paris concert with the following words written: [on the front] “Meiner lieben Idil - Wilhelm Kempff - Paris 7 II 1953“ [English: My dear Idil Wilhelm Kempff - Paris 7 II 1953]; [on the back]: “Idil Biret, meiner Kollegin im Mozartkonzert (7/8 II 53 in Paris, Theatre Champs de Elysées) in Bewunderung ihrer Leistung. Wilhelm Kempff Paris, 8 II” [English: Idil Biret, my colleague in the Mozart concerto in admiration of her performance]
The photo of Kempff he gave to Idil after the Paris concert with the following words written: [on the front] “Meiner lieben Idil - Wilhelm Kempff - Paris 7 II 1953“ [English: My dear Idil Wilhelm Kempff - Paris 7 II 1953]; [on the back]: “Idil Biret, meiner Kollegin im Mozartkonzert (7/8 II 53 in Paris, Theatre Champs de Elysées) in Bewunderung ihrer Leistung. Wilhelm Kempff Paris, 8 II” [English: Idil Biret, my colleague in the Mozart concerto in admiration of her performance]
Wilhelm Kempff’s photo signed for Idil biret with the following words: “Für meine liebe Idil allerherzlichst von ihrem Lehrer Wilhelm Kempff Siena 22.3.75“ [For my dear Idil wholeheartedly from her teacher]
Wilhelm Kempff’s photo signed for Idil biret with the following words: “Für meine liebe Idil allerherzlichst von ihrem Lehrer Wilhelm Kempff Siena 22.3.75“ [For my dear Idil wholeheartedly from her teacher]
Wilhelm Kempff’s letter on Biret 12 January 1976: [Idil Biret, this genial pianist and composer belongs to the class of the elite musicians of our time. I have followed her development from the days when - as a seven year old child - she played for me in Paris. She is one of those phenomenal musicians - and in this respect comparable to Yehudi Menuhin - who traverse the way from a child prodigy to mature artist and musician without suffering any impairment. Above all her lively interests in literature, plastic arts and philosophy indicate that she will also be a pedagogue which could have been wholly foretold from her human qualities.]
Wilhelm Kempff’s letter on Biret 12 January 1976: [Idil Biret, this genial pianist and composer belongs to the class of the elite musicians of our time. I have followed her development from the days when - as a seven year old child - she played for me in Paris. She is one of those phenomenal musicians - and in this respect comparable to Yehudi Menuhin - who traverse the way from a child prodigy to mature artist and musician without suffering any impairment. Above all her lively interests in literature, plastic arts and philosophy indicate that she will also be a pedagogue which could have been wholly foretold from her human qualities.]
Kempff’s signature on the concert brochure after the concert in Champs-Elysées: “Für Idil. Zur Erinnerung an unser gemeinsames Konzert in Paris. Bravo! Auguri! Wilhelm Kempff 7.2.1953″ [English: For Idil. In remembrance of our common concert in Paris. Bravo! Auguri!]
Kempff’s signature on the concert brochure after the concert in Champs-Elysées: “Für Idil. Zur Erinnerung an unser gemeinsames Konzert in Paris. Bravo! Auguri! Wilhelm Kempff 7.2.1953″ [English: For Idil. In remembrance of our common concert in Paris. Bravo! Auguri!]
The words written by Kempff on the back of a photo he has given to the parents of Idil:: “Den lieben Eltern meiner liebsten Schülerin Idil, Wilhelm Kempff Ammerland, 12.9.74″ [To the dear parents of my best friend İdil] (Here Kempff says that Idil is his “dearest” student, raising her above all others.After the war Idil was Kempff’s only private student. All the others were participants in the two week Positano courses)
The words written by Kempff on the back of a photo he has given to the parents of Idil:: “Den lieben Eltern meiner liebsten Schülerin Idil, Wilhelm Kempff Ammerland, 12.9.74″ [To the dear parents of my best friend İdil] (Here Kempff says that Idil is his “dearest” student, raising her above all others.After the war Idil was Kempff’s only private student. All the others were participants in the two week Positano courses)
The announcement of the concert of Wilhelm Kempff with Idil Biret in the winter 1953 season calendar of concerts at Theatre Champs Elysees in Paris.
The announcement of the concert of Wilhelm Kempff with Idil Biret in the winter 1953 season calendar of concerts at Theatre Champs Elysees in Paris.
After Idil graduated from the Paris Conservatory she went for the first time to Kempff’s home in Ammerland (near Munich) and worked with him for a week. At the end of her stay Kempff gave Idil the book «Auf den Lebenswegen Johann Sebastian Bachs» and wrote the following in the book: “Meinen lieben Idil, meiner genialen Schülerin, zur Erinnerung an die Tage in Ammerland. Wilhelm Kempff 2-7 Juni 1958” [My dear Idil, my genious pupil, in memory of the days in Ammerland.]
After Idil graduated from the Paris Conservatory she went for the first time to Kempff’s home in Ammerland (near Munich) and worked with him for a week. At the end of her stay Kempff gave Idil the book «Auf den Lebenswegen Johann Sebastian Bachs» and wrote the following in the book: “Meinen lieben Idil, meiner genialen Schülerin, zur Erinnerung an die Tage in Ammerland. Wilhelm Kempff 2-7 Juni 1958” [My dear Idil, my genious pupil, in memory of the days in Ammerland.]
dil Biret’s signature on the Beethoven-Kurs book in Positano 15-29 June 1966
dil Biret’s signature on the Beethoven-Kurs book in Positano 15-29 June 1966
After Idil graduated from the Paris Conservatory she went for the first time to Kempff’s home in Ammerland (near Munich) and worked with him for a week. At the end of her stay Kempff gave Idil the book «Auf den Lebenswegen Johann Sebastian Bachs» and wrote the following in the book: “Meinen lieben Idil, meiner genialen Schülerin, zur Erinnerung an die Tage in Ammerland. Wilhelm Kempff 2-7 Juni 1958” [My dear Idil, my genious pupil, in memory of the days in Ammerland.]
After Idil graduated from the Paris Conservatory she went for the first time to Kempff’s home in Ammerland (near Munich) and worked with him for a week. At the end of her stay Kempff gave Idil the book «Auf den Lebenswegen Johann Sebastian Bachs» and wrote the following in the book: “Meinen lieben Idil, meiner genialen Schülerin, zur Erinnerung an die Tage in Ammerland. Wilhelm Kempff 2-7 Juni 1958” [My dear Idil, my genious pupil, in memory of the days in Ammerland.]
Idil plays for the last time for Wilhelm Kempff in his house Ammerland November 1985
Idil plays for the last time for Wilhelm Kempff in his house Ammerland November 1985
Biret and Kempff studying together, 1953, Paris.
Biret and Kempff studying together, 1953, Paris.
Kempff practicing for his concert in Brussels at Idil’s house (1977)
Kempff practicing for his concert in Brussels at Idil’s house (1977)
Kempff working with Idil preparing for their concert in Paris 1953.
Kempff working with Idil preparing for their concert in Paris 1953.
Poster announcing the 7 - 8 February 1953 concert of Kempff and Biret in Champs-Elysées
Poster announcing the 7 - 8 February 1953 concert of Kempff and Biret in Champs-Elysées
Little Idil with her mentor Kempff, 1953, Paris.
Little Idil with her mentor Kempff, 1953, Paris.
Wilhelm Kempff, Idil Biret and Joseph Keilberth saluting the audience after the concert in Champs-Elysees. 7 February 1953. Kempff and Biret performed the double concerto of Mozart in this concert.
Wilhelm Kempff, Idil Biret and Joseph Keilberth saluting the audience after the concert in Champs-Elysees. 7 February 1953. Kempff and Biret performed the double concerto of Mozart in this concert.
Idil with Kempff at his house in Positano (June 1982) (Note from Sefik Yüksel: That evening Kempff was in a particularly good mood. He wanted to play Schubert sonatas to Idil. After about an hour, when he finished playing the sun was setting and the light was particularly good when this picture was taken.)"
Idil with Kempff at his house in Positano (June 1982) (Note from Sefik Yüksel: That evening Kempff was in a particularly good mood. He wanted to play Schubert sonatas to Idil. After about an hour, when he finished playing the sun was setting and the light was particularly good when this picture was taken.)"
Kempff with Idil in front of her house in Brussels. “Meiner lieben Idil von ihrem W. Kempff 6.3.79“ [My dear Idil by hers W. Kempff, 6.3.79]
Kempff with Idil in front of her house in Brussels. “Meiner lieben Idil von ihrem W. Kempff 6.3.79“ [My dear Idil by hers W. Kempff, 6.3.79]
In Kempff’s house in Ammerland, Germany. June, 1958
In Kempff’s house in Ammerland, Germany. June, 1958

General

Idil Biret Photo No. 23
Idil Biret Photo No. 23
Idil Biret, in front of her Chopin box. Photo: Gündüz Kayra.
Idil Biret, in front of her Chopin box. Photo: Gündüz Kayra.
Idil Biret, professional photo, 1990’s.
Idil Biret, professional photo, 1990’s.
1998, in an antique theatre near Gökova.
1998, in an antique theatre near Gökova.
İdil Biret with one of her cats. Tunisia, 1990′s. Photo: Şefik Yüksel
İdil Biret with one of her cats. Tunisia, 1990′s. Photo: Şefik Yüksel
İdil Biret
İdil Biret
In front of a concert display in Paris, 1979.
In front of a concert display in Paris, 1979.
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İdil Biret, 28 March 2000.
İdil Biret, 28 March 2000.
İdil Biret, August, 1989.
İdil Biret, August, 1989.
İdil Biret
İdil Biret
İdil Biret and conductor Antoni Witt saluting the audience with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra after a concert where Beethoven’s concerti were performed by Biret, 22 January 2008.
İdil Biret and conductor Antoni Witt saluting the audience with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra after a concert where Beethoven’s concerti were performed by Biret, 22 January 2008.
İdil Biret in the Australia Tour. In front of a poster of Sydney Opera House. 1984.
İdil Biret in the Australia Tour. In front of a poster of Sydney Opera House. 1984.
Biret in rehearsal with Erich Leinsdorf in Rahmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto for her American début. 22 November 1963.
Biret in rehearsal with Erich Leinsdorf in Rahmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto for her American début. 22 November 1963.
İdil Biret, Sils Maria, Switzerland, 1990’s.
İdil Biret, Sils Maria, Switzerland, 1990’s.
Idil Biret Photo No. 22
Idil Biret Photo No. 22
İdil Biret and her teacher Nadia Boulanger, Manchester, 1960′s.
İdil Biret and her teacher Nadia Boulanger, Manchester, 1960′s.
İdil Biret, at George Sand’s house, 1999, Nohant, France. The third window from the left is the room Chopin stayed in. Photo - Şefik Yüksel
İdil Biret, at George Sand’s house, 1999, Nohant, France. The third window from the left is the room Chopin stayed in. Photo - Şefik Yüksel
İdil Biret practising on her silent piano in the blue cruise before her concert in the İstanbul Music Festival.
İdil Biret practising on her silent piano in the blue cruise before her concert in the İstanbul Music Festival.
Idil Biret Photo No.6
Idil Biret Photo No.6
İdil Biret Photo No.5
İdil Biret Photo No.5
Idil Biret at Honolulu
Idil Biret at Honolulu

Childhood Years

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Idil Biret was 5 years age at Cankaya with President Inonu
Idil Biret was 5 years age at Cankaya with President Inonu
Idil Biret and her Family with Kodalli
Idil Biret and her Family with Kodalli
Idil Biret and Boulanger 1950's
Idil Biret and Boulanger 1950's
Idil Biret and Suna Kan at the Cankaya with President Inonu
Idil Biret and Suna Kan at the Cankaya with President Inonu
Idil Biret with Boulanger
Idil Biret with Boulanger
Boulanger signed card
Boulanger signed card
Idil Biret Paris Radio Album cover
Idil Biret Paris Radio Album cover
Little Idil and her father Munir Biret
Little Idil and her father Munir Biret
Little Idil and her mother Leman Biret
Little Idil and her mother Leman Biret