Cyril Smith

(1909—1974) pianist

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(b Middlesbrough, 1909; d East Sheen, 1974). Eng. pianist. Début Birmingham 1929 (Brahms 2nd conc.). Prom. début 1929. Prof. of pf. RCM 1934–74. Well-known as pf. duettist with wife, Phyllis Sellick. They gave f.p. of Vaughan Williams's conc. in 2-pf. vers., 1946. Fine interpreter of Rachmaninov. On their visit to USSR 1956, had stroke which deprived him of use of one hand, but continued to play duets for 3 hands, several works being specially comp. for them (by Bliss, Arnold, Jacob, etc.). OBE 1971.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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