Rafael Puyana, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Rafael Puyana

Colombian harpsichordist

Date of Birth: 14-Oct-1931

Place of Birth: Bogotá, Colombia

Date of Death: 01-Mar-2013

Profession: composer, pianist, harpsichordist

Nationality: Colombia

Zodiac Sign: Libra

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About Rafael Puyana

  • Rafael (Antonio Lazaro) Puyana Michelsen (14 October 1931 – 1 March 2013) was a Colombian harpsichordist. Puyana was born in Bogotá in 1931, and began piano lessons at age 6 with his aunt and at age 13 made his debut at the Teatro ColĂłn in Bogotá.
  • When he was 16, he went to Boston to continue his piano studies at the New England Conservatory.
  • He subsequently studied harpsichord with Wanda Landowska and musical composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Puyana made his harpsichord dĂ©but in New York in 1957.
  • In 1961, he dĂ©buted in Boston in the Peabody Mason Concert series.
  • One reviewer was so impressed by his performance, the sub-headline read: "Without any doubt, Rafael Puyana's recital at Jordan Hall last night was by far the greatest program of harpsichord music I have ever heard".
  • He made his London debut in 1966.
  • Puyana performed with Yehudi Menuhin, Leopold Stokowski and AndrĂ©s Segovia.
  • Composers Federico Mompou and Xavier Montsalvatge dedicated compositions to him - in Mompou's case, No.
  • 11 of his Cançons i Danses. Puyana taught such artists as Christopher Hogwood and Elizabeth de la Porte.
  • He also collected historical instruments such as a 3-manual harpsichord made in 1740 by H.A.
  • Hass. Puyana died in Paris on March 1, 2013, aged 81.

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