Destined for greatness

Research has indicated a genetic link between autism and the prodigiously gifted. Professor of Psychology at Ohio State University, Joanne Ruthsatz, is currently heading a comprehensive study that is investigating the fascinating aspects of such an autism-prodigy connection. Enthralled with its implications, the Southampton Arts Festival, brainchild of pianist Elena Baksht and violinist Dmitri Berlinsky, integrated this aspect of musical heritage to this summer’s classical music Festival that takes place in Southampton, now in...
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Noretta and John Leech: Standing fortissimo behind classical music and the artists of the Keyboard Charitable Trust

Photo: John Leech, Ilona Oltuski, Noretta Conci-Leech It all started in 1991, when John Leech wanted to surprise his beloved wife Noretta with a momentous 60th birthday present. The gift he chose was one that would make a real difference in the life of numerous gifted, young pianists.  The gift he chose was that together they would help ease the struggle many young pianists go through to receive the international recognition they deserve and...
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