Widely admired classical pianist and composer who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in 1947. He died at the age of 33.
He was a student at the Bucharest Conservatoire, and he was considered one of the best in his class.
He had to flee Romania during World War II, settling with his wife in Geneva, Switzerland, and becoming a piano professor.
His family was musical with his father playing the violin and his mother the piano. His godfather was famed violinist and composer George Enescu.
He came in second at the 1933 Vienna International Piano Competition, mainly because of his age, prompting Alfred Cortot to protest the decision by resigning from the jury.