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Fou Ts'ong - a tender and affectionate personal reminiscence by Roman Żółtowski who also tragically left us on 15th November 2023

  This beautifully and tenderly observed portrait of the pianist Fou Ts'Ong is all the more moving as Roman Żółtowski has now  tragically also left us on   November 15th 2023 The Żółtowski home in Poland A generation of musical and human sensibility, sensitivity and depth has passed with the death of the legendary Chinese pianist Fou Ts’ong. He inhabited my gallery of the finest Chopinists from my childhood and then for as long as I can remember. This indiscriminate and merciless virus has claimed yet another victim. He was the first Chinese participant in the Warsaw International Chopin Competition where he won 3rd Prize in the 5th competition in 1955 just below Vladimir Ashkenazy. He also won the Polish Radio award for the best performance of mazurkas. These were remarkable interpretations that were reflected throughout his recital career. Not only Chopin but superb Mozart, Schubert, Brahms and Scarlatti. He was one