This is the notice of Carlo's death in th San Francisco Chronicle. It happens to be a very nice biography, so we offer it as is. As Carlo was more than just a mentor to us, but also a close friend, we hope to offer more information about him here in the future.  We have added the photos.  Click on them to enlarge.





Carlo Bussotti -- renowned concert pianist

Chuck Squatriglia, Chronicle Staff Writer
Monday, December 9, 2002

(12-09) 04:00 PST San Francisco -- Carlo Bussotti, a renowned piano virtuoso who taught at San Francisco State University after an illustrious career as a concert pianist, died Nov. 6 of emphysema. He was 80.

A prodigy who began playing at age 3, Mr. Bussotti performed worldwide and on many records with the finest musicians of his time. His performances were hailed by critics who called Mr. Bussotti, among other things, a pianist of "superior gifts" and "rare skill."

Mr. Bussotti was born in Florence, Italy, and began formal piano training when he was 4. He graduated from the Conservatory Luigi Cherubini at 13 and made his professional debut one year later, performing a Mozart concerto with the Radio Italy symphony. Mr. Bussotti spent the next several years performing endlessly and won many awards.

He served in the Italian army during World War II and following the Allied occupation of Italy often entertained Allied troops in Sardinia. Immediately after the war, Mr. Bussotti performed for Italy's King Umberto II.

Mr. Bussotti spent much of the 1950s and '60s performing, both in concert and on recordings, as a soloist and with renowned violinists such as Joseph Szigeti, Ruggiero Ricci and Nathan Milstein. He also performed with the Italian Chamber Orchestra, which he co-founded. Many noted composers, including Peggy Glanville-Hicks and Riccardo Malipiero, created works specifically for Mr. Bussotti.

His performances were universally praised by critics, who described his musical skills in superlative terms. The Chronicle wrote in 1955: "When the pianist is as skillful a virtuoso as Carlo Bussotti, there are no problems." The Los Angeles Examiner once called him "a pianist of superior gifts," and a Spanish newspaper said in 1955 that "his perfect technique (and) his profound understanding made for a performance which can be considered perfect and complete."

Many of Mr. Bussotti's recordings, especially those by the Haydn Society, remain popular with fans of classical music.

Mr. Bussotti moved to San Francisco in 1959 and taught at the Conservatory of Music before joining the faculty at San Francisco State University in 1961. He taught piano performance and chamber music until his retirement in 1993. He was known as a demanding teacher and a perfectionist whose students both feared and adored him.

Beyond music, Mr. Bussotti enjoyed cooking. Friends said he possessed a sharp sense of humor.

Mr. Bussotti is survived by his wife, Caralinda Bussotti of San Francisco; a daughter, Francesca Spencer of Sandpoint, Idaho; a sister, Giuliana Bartolini Salimbeni of Rome; and three granddaughters, Samantha, Melissa and Katrina Huff, all of Sandpoint.

A memorial concert featuring Ruggiero Ricci, the Alexander Quartet and others will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 11 in Knuth Hall at San Francisco State.

Memorials may be made to the Carlo Bussotti Scholarship Fund, School of Music and Dance, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco CA 94132.

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Carlo's wife, Caralinda, shown directly above, may also be seen at the back, right corner of the dinner table, as well as seated next to Carlo in the large group photo to the right.






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