Collett, Frank, piano; b. 3 May 1941. Joseph and Mary Taglieri became the proud parents of their first child, Frank. The family had a great appreciation for music, which they shared with Frank and their other two children, Johnny and Anna Marie. Frank's grandfather was an accomplished musician who worked woodwinds and performed with Arturo Toscanini. His father was an operatic tenor, who performed at the Hippodrome, Carnegie Hall and The Academy of Music. His mother was a classical pianist who performed numerous recitals and accompanied various opera singers.
During Frank's formative years, he became enchanted by the sound of music as he listened to his mother play the piano. At age four, he began studying piano under his mother's tutelage. His parents soon discovered that in addition to his boundless enthusiasm for listening to music, their son also has perfect pitch. By age 7, he had debuted at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Library and performed on numerous live radio shows. He was considered a child prodigy. His diligence was rewarded with a full scholarship to attend the prestigious Julliard School of Music when he was only 6 years old. His teachers included three of the best classical piano instructors in New York including Paul Gallico, Dr. David LeVita and Herbert Stessin.
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