Berwick, Leonard


Celebrated English concert pianist, a distinguished pupil of Clara Schumann. He was born in Essex, England, his father being a lover of music and an amateur violoncellist. Leonard Berwick began piano lessons at five, at the age of eleven was a pupil of Henry Bird, and four years later was sent to Germany, where he studied at Frankfort under Marie Schumann and later with Clara Schumann. After completing his studies with Clara Schumann, he made his debut in Frankfort, playing Beethoven's E flat concerto. His London debut took place at a Philharmonic concert, and here he played Schumann's concerto. Before the Philharmonic Society of Vienna he gave Brahm's D minor concerto. He has often played with the famous Joachim Quartet, and has had a very successful career, touring in Germany, Norway, and Sweden, and appearing frequently in London and Paris. He is very fond of the classics and is an excellent interpreter of Saint-Saens and Liszt.