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Hess, Dame Myra,

1890–1965, English pianist, studied at the Royal Academy of Music. She made her London debut in 1907 and first appeared in the United States in 1922. Her playing was acclaimed for both virtuosity and poetic sensitivity. In 1939, and during World War II, Hess organized a series of lunch-time concerts in the National Gallery, London. In 1941 she was made Dame of the British Empire.
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I considered Myra Hess one of the greatest artists among the many I was privileged to hear in my early years.
1 Piano Concerto, Joan Hammond's Beloved Daddy or Jesu Joy from Myra Hess.
He has released two CDs, and in February performed in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, broadcast live across America.
There were only a few others--Gina Bachauer, Myra Hess and later Alicia de Larrocha, for example.
In addition to a cash award of $25,000, as First Prize winner of this year's Piano-e-Competition, Chen will receive a Yamaha DC3A 6' 1" Disklavier polished ebony grand piano, a Spring 2005 New York City Debut Recital at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center sponsored by Yamaha Corporation of America, a CD issued on the Ten Thousand Lakes label, a Yamaha PianoSoft recording for the Yamaha Disklavier reproducing piano and engagements with the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert in Chicago, IL; the Minnesota Orchestra; the Schubert Club and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
His Piano Sonata and Bagatelles were taken up by Myra Hess, with whom he established the famous National Gallery concerts during World War 2, and his song cycle Discovery was sung and recorded by Kathleen Ferrier.
As soloist and collaborative pianist, he has performed at the Smithsonian Institution during the International Schubert Symposium, Steinway Hall as a winner in The Pinault Biennial International Piano Competition and Preston Bradley Hall on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series heard on National Public Radio affiliate WFMT 98.
Ferguson's friends included Ralph Vaughan-Williams and Gerald Finzi, and his music was in turn championed by the likes of Myra Hess (who premiered the piano sonata in one of the legendary wartime concerts at the National Gallery), Kathleen Ferrier, Sir Henry Wood and Sir Adrian Boult.