Fanny Waterman, the prestigious Faber Music author and founder of the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, has been made a Dame in the New Year's Honours list in recognition of a lifetime of service to music.
Dame Fanny, 84, is a living legend in the world of music, a teacher of international renown, an internationally-respected clinician and adjudicator, and is the author of over 30 books, among them the Me and My Piano and the Piano Lessons tutors. These books were co-written with colleague Marion Harewood, and are recognised throughout the world, and have been played by tens of thousands of children as they learn the piano.
Awarded the OBE in 1971 and the CBE in 1999, other honours have included the Distinguished Music Award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Federation of International Music Competitions. In 2004 Fanny was awarded the honour of Freeman of the City of Leeds.
Dame Fanny began giving public performances on the piano in Leeds in 1941. Later that year, she won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. After the war her concert career flourished, but she decided to concentrate on teaching when she had a family. Dame Fanny became one of the world's most sought-after teachers, and then in 1963 co-founded the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition with her friend, Marion Harewood.
The event has grown into the most prestigious competition of its type in the world, and has launched the careers of some of the finest concert pianists of modern times, among them Murray Perahia, Radu Lupu, Dmitiri Alexeev, Andras Schiff and Mitsuko Uchida.
2005 looks to be a very good year for Dame Fanny, as she will be making a welcome return to China, where she will again dazzle her audience with her insight and experience in a series of masterclasses. She will also be a member of the jury of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw and the Bach in Leipzig, and Chairman of the jury of the thirteenth Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition.
Faber Music congratulates Dame Fanny on her latest achievement.