Sun Feb 1, 2015 03:53PM
Late French pianist Aldo Ciccolini
Late French pianist Aldo Ciccolini

French piano virtuoso, Aldo Ciccolini, has died at the age of 89 after a long battle with illness.

The French pianist died overnight on Sunday at his home in the French capital, Paris, said his manager, Paul Blacher, on the same day.

Ciccolini, who had been hospitalized for several weeks, had just returned home last week, Blacher said.

The octogenarian pianist was born in Naples, Italy, on August 15, 1925. When he was only nine years old, the child prodigy began his composition classes in Naples’ conservatory.

At the age of 25, he won performance of Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto at the prestigious Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud competition in Paris, which brought international recognition for him.

The late pianist had also won the prestigious Prix de l'Academie du Disque Francais, which is the premier French award for musical recordings, in 1972.

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