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William Southcombe Lloyd Webber

English Born 28 Mar 1905 Died 00 1982

Thomas Rajna was born in Budapest in 1928. He attended the Franz Liszt Academy in that city, where his teachers included Veress and Boszormenyi-Nagy. In 1947 he won a scholarship to the Royal College in London where he completed his studies under Morrison and Howells. He soon became known for his interpretations of Liszt and Bartók, and appeared many times as a recitalist and soloist in Britain, playing at the Last Night of the Proms. In 1963 he was appointed Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music.

Rajna settled in South Africa in 1970 and, until recently, was Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town. He is also active as a broadcaster, winning an Artes Award from the South African Broadcasting Corporation for his radio programmes on Liszt, and as a  composer; his output includes orchestral and chamber works, film music, and an opera.

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