Highly regarded musician who premiered many 20th century works. He was once called Ireland's most imaginative pianist.
He earned a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, London, when he was 15.
He was a pacifist who sought refuge in Ireland during World War II. He made invaluable contributions to the country's musical landscape.
His parents weren't directly involved with music. His father was a British army colonel. His mother was part of a successful business dynasty.
He was the first in England to perform Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor. He also received personal coaching on the piece from Rachmaninoff.