NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to North Salem's Misha Dichter!
Misha Dichter, an internationally renowned classical pianist who was born in Shanghai, turns 70 on Sunday.
Dichter regularly performs recitals and appearances with the world’s top orchestras, often performing as a duo with his wife Cipa.
After Misha's Polish parents fled Poland when World War II started, he relocated with his family in Los Angeles at age 2 and started piano lessons a few years later.
He went on to attend the Juilliard School in New York City. While a student there, at age 20, he entered the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1966 with a repertoire of Beethoven and Schubert and Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky.
Also an accomplished writer, his work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times.