Ida Presti, (31 May 1924 - 24 April 1967) was a French classical guitarist. She first came to prominence as a child prodigy, before maturing into what some have called "the greatest guitarist of the 20th century, and possibly of all time.(Classical Guitar magazine, August 2007, p 28.)
She also studied harmony and music theory with guitarist and luthier Mario Maccaferri. Presti played in public for the first time when she was eight, and gave her first full-length concert at the age of ten.
On September 16, 1948, Presti gave the French premiere of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.
After her second marriage, to Alexandre Lagoya, she stopped performing as a solo artist and formed the Duo Presti-Lagoya, concentrating on works for two guitars. The two formed one of the most accomplished classical guitar duos in history.
On April 24, 1967, Presti died at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York, at the age of 42 during a concert tour in the United States. The couple flew to Rochester, New York, where their next concert was scheduled to be held, and Presti was brought to the hospital directly from the airport. She died of a massive internal hemorrhage due to a tumor in her lung, while doctors struggled in vain to control the bleeding.
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