A Few Biographical Notes on Michelangeli
Michelangeli’s date of birth is usually given as 5 January 1920. He himself once told me that he was born ‘during the first hour of the morning of 6 January 1920’.
There are also differing versions regarding his place of birth. Generally, Brescia is quoted as being his birthplace. However, I have also come across the name of a village in the Alpine valley Val Camonica — namely, Orzinuovi.
But it was in Brescia that Michelangeli spent his childhood and youth (which is no doubt why he regards this city as his home town). His father, who was a count, and a lawyer by profession, was also a musician, and even a composer. He began teaching music to his son before he was four years old.
The little boy was soon introduced to a piano teacher from the Venturi Music Institute, Dr Paulo Chimeri, who accepted him into his class following an audition.
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