Bernardo Segall, who mastered the piano as a child in his native Brazil and embarked on a career lasting more than half a century as a teacher, composer and concert pianist, has died at a Century City hospital. He was 82.
Segall, a longtime Sherman Oaks resident, died Friday of heart failure, said his wife, Beverly Cavan Segall.
Born in Campinas, Brazil, Segall made his professional debut at age 9 in a program that included two of his own compositions. At 14, he won the Chiaffarelli Piano Contest and received an honorary bachelor's degree from Sao Paolo Conservatory.
Two years later, he traveled to the United States, where he studied with Alexander Siloti and, at 21, made his American debut at New York's Town Hall.
During his career, Segall performed extensively in Europe and the Americas, and appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the NBC Symphony, the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Sao Paolo Philharmonic under such conductors as Arturo Toscanini, Leonard Bernstein and Otto Klemperer.