World-renowned but locally raised pianist Lowell Farr, 75, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, of a heart attack in Atlanta, Ga.

Mr. Farr played in prestigious groups and competitions around the world. He was a noted accompanist and nurturer of musical talent — particularly singers — and spent significant time in Utah teaching.

Born in Arimo, Idaho, and raised in Utah, Mr. Farr left to train at the Paris Conservatory and then in Germany as a Fulbright scholar. He moved to New York City where he was in demand as an accompanist for many famous singers, string players and chamber music groups.

At the request of Aaron Copland, Mr. Farr became part of the Fromm Group of contemporary music at Tanglewood, Mass. He accompanied U.S. musicians at the 1966 Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow, where one of his singers won gold, the first American to do so since Van Cliburn.

Mr. Farr returned to Utah in 1969, where he taught at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University for 20 years. Several young talents under his tutelage went on to Fulbright scholarships and significant careers.

"(Mr. Farr was) a first-rate pianist, but he spent a certain amount of his talent both accompanying singers and coaching singers," said Nancy Futrell, a former student. "When you watched him play he looked like a ballet dancer, because the grace of his hands was just gorgeous."

Later in life Mr. Farr suffered from back problems due to his habit of practicing five or six hours a day.

Instead of flowers, donations to the Lowell Farr Endowment, a scholarship fund, may be sent to the U.'s development office. No services have been scheduled.