French virtuoso pianist Brigitte Engerer dies at 59

French virtuoso pianist Brigitte Engerer, known for her brilliant interpretations of French and Russian repertoire, died in Paris on Saturday at the age of 59, her agent said in a statement, quoted by Yahoo news. Engerer had been battling cancer for several years. Engerer gave her last concert on June 12 at the Champs-Elysees Theatre in Paris. She received a number of honours, including the French Legion of Honour, and in 2011 was given a lifetime achievement award by the French music industry.

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