I just learned the other day of the death of one of the piano world's most talented and certainly under-appreciated pianists. The Australian pianist Geoffrey Tozer died last week in his Melbourne home of liver disease. He was only 54 years old, but had already created a substantial body of recorded work, including the complete piano works and concertos of Nikolai Medtner, along with discs of Bartok, Busoni, Grainger, Korngold, Liszt, McEwen, Rawsthorne, Respighi, Tcherepnin, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky. He even recorded a CD devoted entirely to the piano compositions of Artur Schnabel.
I shared a sort of kinship with him based on our mutual love of the music of Nikolai Medtner - and although I never met him or even heard him play live, I spent many hours as a student listening to his many, many Medtner CDs.
Here's a beautiful performance of a wonderful étude by Paul de Schlözer from a recital he gave in China back in 2004. That kind of ease with the instrument is a wonderful thing to watch. He will certainly be missed.