Publicado el 05-03-2012
This Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012, Cuba lost an extraordinary personality, Zenaida Manfugás, worthy pianist and artist. In different cities of the world her mastery of the piano was admired by all. She was an extraordinary interpreter of the great classical masters and, in particular, of Maestro Ernesto Lecuona, as well as of Cuban popular music.
The piano had no secrets for Zenaida Manfugás. There was no note that she could not hit with flair. Her performances were always applauded with enthusiasm, with standing ovations. Some years ago she was invited to play in Rome by the esteemed Ambassador of Spain, Carlos Abella and his distinguished wife, Pilar, and in the main hall of their historic palace, Zenaida Manfugás was applauded for her brilliant performance.
Her concerts in different cities in Europe, Asia and the United States earned excellent reviews. The renowned critic of The New York Times, Joseph Horowitz, wrote in 1979 that she was “truly a formidable player.”
In theatres and private homes she was applauded by her playing and also by her personal wit. For example, in Coral Gables she was frequently invited to play at the home of Mrs. Aurorita Peñalver, whose friends enjoyed the music of the renowned and unique pianist.
The Cubans, during their already long exile, and the Americans who knew her applauded Zenaida’s original personality. Before their exile, of course, they applauded her in their homeland where she was considered, with good reason, a pianist of note. This title accompanied her always to the time of her death that has just happened.
DIARIO LAS AMERICAS was honored by the friendship of Mrs. Manfugás who was a true lady because of the way she was and the way in which she earned the respect of the public that applauded her.
May in the peace of God rest the noble soul of this remarkable woman that just crossed the threshold of immortality and whose name was Zenaida Manfugás.