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Walter Hautzig (Piano)

Born: September 28, 1921 - Vienna, Austria

The Austrian-born American pianist and teacher, Walter Hautzig, studied at Public and High School in Vienna, and the Vienna Academy of Music. He left Austria after the rise of the Nazis to power, and went to Jerusalem and studied at the Conservatory there. In 1939 he came to the USA, continued his musical education at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Harry Kaufmann and Mieczyslaw Munz, graduating with honours. He also studied privately in New York with Artur Schnabel. In 1943 he won the Town Hall Endowment Award in New York.

Walter Hautzig made his debut at Town Hall in New York in October 1943. He became a naturalized American Citizen in 1945. After World War II, he made tours all over the world, met with brilliant successes in the USA, in the USA, Latin America, Europe and throughout the Far East and the Near East. During his long career as a concert pianist he has given recitals and orchestral appearances in over 50 countries, earning particular acclaim in Japan, where he has also recorded extensively. He was soloist with Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestra National Belgique, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. Zürich, New York, Baltimore, St Louis, Buffalo, Vancouver, Honolulu, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland. Wellington, Mexico, Bogota, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, etc. He has played for BBC, Australian, New Zealand, Japanese, USA and Canadian Radio. In 1979 he was selected by US State Department to represent the USA in the first visit of an American pianist to the People's Republic of China since the Cultural Revolution.

Walter Hautzig's extensive repertoire has emphasised the Viennese classicists as well as Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahmss and various Russian and Latin-American composers. He also formed a long-term musical partnership with cellist Paul Olefsky, with whom he has often played sonatas of L.v. Beethoven, J. Brahms and Schubert.

Walter Hautzig was Professor of Piano at Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore from 1960 to 1987. He is a member of the American Association University Professors, and President of Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship Fund.

Walter Hautzig's playing is known to record collectors through numerous discs issued by RCA, Monitor, Vox, Turnabout, Musical Heritage Society, Haydn Society, United Artists, Connoisseur Society and Americus. He has also donated to International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM) a substantial number of private recordings of his concert and recital appearances. He was contributor to Musical America, American Record Guide.

In October 1950 Walter Hautzig married Esther Rudomin (1 son and 1 daughter). Hobbies: Ping-Pong, Photography, and Swimming.

Source: International Who's Who in Music & International Directory (13th Edition, 1992/93); Bakerís Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997); International Piano Archives at Maryland, UM Libraries Website; Liner notes to the LP 'Walter Hautzig Plays Bach and Mozart' (United Artists, 1959)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2007)

Walter Hautzig: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

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Walter Hautzig (International Piano Archives at Maryland)

Classical Voice of North Carolina: Walter Hautzig at Meredith
Baylor School: Walter Hautzig

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