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Mr Yonty Solomon

PUBLISHED: 11:26 17 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 05 July 2010

MUSIC lovers will be saddened to learn of the death on September 26 of Yonty Solomon. He has given a piano recital each summer at Somerleyton Hall in Suffolk for charitable causes, promoting the work of the Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs of Great Yarmouth and the Kenneth Macmillan Fund for Young Dancers.

MUSIC lovers will be saddened to learn of the death on September 26 of Yonty Solomon. He has given a piano recital each summer at Somerleyton Hall in Suffolk for charitable causes, promoting the work of the Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs of Great Yarmouth and the Kenneth Macmillan Fund for Young Dancers.

Yonty Solomon enjoyed a distinguished worldwide career in recitals, concertos and chamber music. Such was his talent that Richard Rodney Bennett, composer Sorabji and a number of other composers dedicated works to Solomon who has given numerous first performances.

He was born in South Africa and was an outstanding student, graduating with the highest distinction in both music and psychology from the University of Cape Town. He continued his studies with Dame Myra Hess, Guido Agosti and Charles Rosen, winning several major piano competitions.

All who studied with him at the Royal College of Music will be forever inspired by his erudite tuition, his kindness and his humility. He was extremely approachable and understanding. Although he was an acclaimed soloist giving concerts throughout the world with many of the foremost symphony orchestras he never lost his basic humility and lovely nature. His numerous recordings will immortalise his genius for ever and inspire students yet unborn. The cause of death was cerebral tumour.

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