A talented pianist
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Sir Malcolm Sargent: 15 facts about the great conductor
3. A talented pianist
Sargent founded the amateur Leicester Symphony Orchestra in 1922, which he continued to conduct until 1939. Under him, the orchestra's reputation grew until it was able to attract A-list soloists including the pianist Benno Moiseiwitsch. Moiseiwitsch gave Sargent free piano lessons, judging him talented enough to make a successful career as a concert pianist.