Nicole Sperling
September 27, 2009 AT 10:58 PM EDT

Alica de Larrocha, a former child prodigy considered by many to have been the best Spanish pianist in history, died Friday in Barcelona at the age of 86. The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra held a minute of silence before this weekend’s performances in honor of the diminutive pianist who was less than 5-feet tall. De Larrocha’s public performances began at age six. She played with major orchestras around the world, won several Grammy awards and was known for her unique interpretations of Mozart, Shumann, and various Spanish composers.

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