Young Cuban classical pianist heads to two-year perfection course at Paris conservatory.
By Vanessa Arrington / Associated Press Writer. Sunday, October 24, 2004.
HAVANA -- For years, Cuban classical pianist Gabriel Urgell Reyes played chords on an old upright piano in his native Havana.
Now, the young talent will play on a brand-new Bluthner grand worth tens of thousands of dollars -- in Paris.
Urgell, 28, was one of six pianists and the only Latin American granted entry to this year's perfection course at France's prestigious Conservatoire National Superieur de Danse et Musique in Paris.
"He is brilliant, and could likely be someone very famous in the future," said Herve Billaut, in charge of piano pedagogy at the conservatory. "It's surprising that he stayed so long in Cuba."...