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Bernard d'Ascoli (born 1958) is a French pianist.

Born in Provence, France, and blind since the age of 3, d'Ascoli began learning piano and organ at the age of eleven,[1] using scores written in Braille.[2] In 1974 he was the youngest French Baccalaureat graduate of the year and four years later at the age of nineteen, he won the First Prize in the Barcelona International Piano Competition. In 1980 he received honorable mention at the Fryderyk Chopin competition.[3] After winning prizes in Santander, Leipzig and Warsaw, d'Ascoli came to major public attention in 1981 when, following his Third Prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition,[4] he made his London debut in recital and with orchestra and made his first recording of the Liszt sonata and other works for EMI. He made his first appearance with a major American orchestra in 1992, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.[5]

He went on to perform in London[6] (Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Vienna (Musikverein), Melbourne, Paris, Tokyo, Madrid, Washington, Geneva, and the Sydney Opera House. He has performed with most British orchestras, including the main London ones, as well as with many major overseas ensembles such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Montreal Symphony, Boston Symphony, and Dresden Philharmonic. The conductors he has appeared with include Svetlanov, Sanderling, Berglund, Plasson, Casadesus, Guschlbauer, Litton, Menuhin, Pritchard, Llewellyn, Herbig, Leppard, Fischer, J├?rvi, Parrot and Andrew Davis.

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