Born: August 8, 1914 - Canada
Died: December 7, 1999 - Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA
The Canadian-born American pianist, Richard Tetley-Kardos, began his musical career on the west coast of the USA when he was 7. At 8, he was writing melodies, and at 11, he gave his first concert. When he was 16, he was carrying a schedule of thirty concerts a year. Twice soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, acclaimed at Hollywood Bowl, the pianist was a musical institution on the west coast before he had reached 20. Radio and Television brought him a more extensive audience, and soon he was in demand as a recitalist and soloist all over the country. And finally, in his debut at Carnegie Hall was greeted with the same critical superlatives that attended his west coast triumphs.
Steadily adding laurels to his ever-expanding career, Richard Tetley-Kardos embarked upon what proved to be a world tour. Following a number of engagements in Latin America, he accepted an invitation to appear in the Far East in Japan, besides appearing in more than twenty cities, in solo, orchestra and radio engagements. Then en route to Europe, he played before highly enthusiastic audiences in Hong Kong, India and Pakistan.
The European debut of Richard Tetley-Kardos took place in Paris, and so successful was it, that by the close of the following season, he had fulfilled a record ninety-one concert engagements. Berlin's Der Kurier acclaimed him as "truly magnificent;" Paris found his "effortless virtuosity" a "revelation," and the next few years were devoted to repeating these triumphs in Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, North Africa and Holland. In the early 1950’s, he played chamber music with the Internatiuonal trio, composed also of the Russian-born violinist Nathalie Boshko and English-born cellist Elizabeth Hayden.
Richard Tetley-Kardos taught at the Ohio State University School of Music and later headed the piano department..