Remembering John Ogdon

July 13, 2012 at 12:33 am

written by Victoria Warfield, July 13, 2012

John Ogdon studied with Gordon Green, Denis Matthews, Dame Myra Hess, and Egon Petri. He won first prize at the London Liszt Competition in 1961 and consolidated his growing international reputation by winning another first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1962, jointly with Vladimir Ashkenazy.  He embraced and cultured modern works – recording many for the first time.  And in the more traditional repertoire, he revealed a deep musical sensibility – always buttressed by a colossal technique. As a composer, his own compositions number more than 200, including  4 operas, 2 large works for orchestra, 3 cantatas, songs, chamber music, a substantial amount of music for solo piano, and 2 piano concertos.