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Concert tribute to pianist

PUBLISHED: 17:10 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:05 12 August 2010

CARING: Jolanta Ossetin.

CARING: Jolanta Ossetin.

A MEMORIAL concert will celebrate the life of a renowned musician and neuropsychologist. The Wigmore Hall event marks the life of concert pianist Jolanta Ossetin, 66, who died on April 22 following a long battle with cancer. Mrs Ossetin, of Bromley R

A MEMORIAL concert will celebrate the life of a renowned musician and neuropsychologist.

The Wigmore Hall event marks the life of concert pianist Jolanta Ossetin, 66, who died on April 22 following a long battle with cancer.

Mrs Ossetin, of Bromley Road, Beckenham, emigrated from her native Poland in 1970. She had already won awards for her interpretations of the works of Chopin and went on to perform at London's major classical music venues such as the Purcell Room and the Wigmore Hall, as well as at Ripley Arts Centre in Bromley.

Later in life, while raising two children, she qualified as a clinical neuropsychologist and worked at the Maudsley Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability in Putney and Devonshire Hospital in London, specialising in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of patients with severe head injuries.

She was also in great demand as an expert courtroom witness, identifying the extent of disabilities caused by head injuries. Her son, Alex Osiatynski, 32, a teacher, said: "She was very feisty, ambitious and incredibly caring. In her second profession she was virtually peerless. She was in the top four or five medical experts in the country.

"She could have done so much more in so many directions but she gave it up for my sister Natasha and I because she realised it was not compatible with being a mother.

"She will be remembered fondly both as a talented artist and clinician by her friends, colleagues and patients. She had lots of friends who loved her because of the type of person she was. We will remember her as a vibrant, outspoken person, with a love of life and great warmth of personality."

After retiring in 2003, Mrs Ossetin devoted herself to her music, performing regularly despite her illness. Her last performance at St George's Church in Beckenham was only months before her death. She is survived by two children and three grandchildren.

For free tickets to the memorial concert at the Wigmore Street venue in central London on September 18, contact Mr Osiatynski at alex@osiatynski.com or on 07818 412822.

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