Solomon Cutner, hailed at age 8 as one of the century's most distinguished pianists but who was forced to cut short his career because of a stroke, has died at age 85, his family said this week.
Solomon, known professionally by his first name only, died Feb. 2, the Associated Press reported from London on Wednesday.
He was one of seven children in a family in London's rough East End. At age 7 he began studying music with Mathilde Verne, a pupil of Clara Schumann.
Solomon made his concert hall debut when he was 8, playing Mozart's B-flat Concerto and the slow movement of Tchaikovsky's First Concerto at the Queen's Hall in London.
He appeared again at Queen's Hall, under conductor Sir Henry Wood, playing Beethoven's Third Concerto and Liszt's "Hungarian Fantasy," and in 1911 undertook his first British tour. That same year he played to the royal family at Buckingham Palace, and his career as a child prodigy was established.