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Prize-winning pianist recovering after fall

Alexei Sultanov, the youngest pianist ever to win a gold prize at the Van Cliburn competition, is recovering from several strokes he suffered after a head injury.

It's too early in Sultanov's recovery to know whether he will be able to play again, Dr. Edward Kramer said. Kramer, a close friend of Sultanov and his wife, has been involved in his treatment.

Sultanov, 31, fell Feb. 19, striking his forehead in the bathroom of his Fort Worth home. A week later, he began to have difficulty speaking.

At 19, Sultanov took first place at the 8th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1989. In 1995, he won top prize at the 13th Frederic Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, Poland.