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(August 11, 1920October 23, 1992) was an American classical pianist.
In May 2011, the pianist Lori Sims played a concert of works associated with
at the Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York.
After starting college as a science and engineering major, Haskell Small began his musical education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and earned a BFA in music from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1972, where he studied piano under Harry Frankin and composition under Roland Leich. Subsequently he studied composition privately under Vincent Persichetti, and studied piano privately under Theodore Lettvin, Leon Fleisher and William
continued as Small's teacher until his death in 1992.
He currently lives and works in the United States. He met his wife, pianist Patricia Asher, while she was studying with William
and Adele Marcus at the Juilliard School.
Walter Piston / Alan Hovhaness - Earl Wild, The Walden String Quartet / William
, Izler Solomon – Quintet For Piano & Strings / Khaldis: Concerto For Piano, Four Trumpets & Percussion, Heliodor HS-25027, 1966.
was born in Niagara Falls, New York to a Dutch mother and a Greek father. He made his New York debut at The Town Hall in 1938 at the age of 18.
Both Mayer's Piano Sonata and "Octagon" have been recorded by William
, while pianists Steven Mayer and Şahan Arzruni have recorded "Abandoned Bells" and "Subway in the Sunlight and Other Memories". Most recorded of all are the composer's songs, especially with instrumental accompaniment.
In Greece the bouzouki had been allowed into a studio for the very first time a few months previously, in October 1931. In the hands of Thanassis Manetas (1870-ca 1943), together with the tsimbalo player Yiannis Livadhitis, it can be heard accompanying the singers Konstantinos
, aka Nouros, and Spahanis, on two discs, three songs in all.
Distinguished artists have introduced his scores: Robert De Cormier led the New York Choral Society in its Lincoln Center premiere of "Spring Came on Forever"; sopranos Heidi Grant Murphy, Eleanor Steber and Christine Brewer have all premiered vocal-chamber works; and Leopold Stokowski (at eighty-eight) conducted Mayer's piano concerto "Octagon" at Carnegie Hall with William
Afterward, he was privately sponsored by people in Hollywood and Switzerland to return to Europe for further study with Louis Kenner and Peter Feuchtwanger in London. Mr. Robilette holds an MFA from UCLA and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Catholic University of America, where he came under the guidance of the great American pianist, William
During subsequent academic school years, the remaining members of the Dregs — including Andy West — returned to the University of Miami and Mark Parrish returned to Atlanta, Georgia to complete his degree in music performance and composition at Georgia State University under the study of William
, with additional studies of electronic music at Columbia University in New York City under Alice Shields - a protégé of Wendy Carlos.
He moved with his family to the United States in 1961, at the age of 13, and studied in Los Angeles with Sergei Tarnowsky, Vladimir Horowitz's first teacher in Kiev, and later at the Juilliard School under Adele Marcus, a pupil of Russian pianist Josef Lhévinne. He later worked extensively with American pianist William
, a pupil of Carl Friedberg, who himself had studied with Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
He has made appearances with orchestras including: the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, the Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonic Orchetras, the Boston Pops, and the San Francisco, Dallas, Saint Louis, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Phoenix, Florida, Omaha, New Mexico, Nashville, New Jersey, Utah, North Carolina, Honolulu, and Pacific Symphony Orchestras. Lyras' teachers include William
, Adele Marcus and Jorge Bolet. Panayis Lyras is currently professor of piano and artist in residence at the Michigan State University College of Music.
In 1952, at the age of 32,
played the Brahms Piano Concerto in D minor in his first appearance with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Dimitri Mitropoulos. This impressive debut was the first in a long line of appearances with major orchestras which also included the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Monteux and Leonard Bernstein, the Montreal Symphony under Otto Klemperer, the London Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink, the American Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski, the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy, and numerous others.
Known as a champion of contemporary music,
premiered many works including the Charles Ives Piano Sonata No. 1, the Piano Fantasy by Aaron Copland, and most of the piano literature by Ben Weber, including the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra and the Fantasy (Variations), Op. 25. He was the soloist in the first performances of piano concertos by Alan Hovhaness, Johan Franco, Marga Richter, Carlos Surinach, and William Mayer, in addition to solo pieces by John Cage, Dane Rudhyar, Robert Helps, Carlos Chávez, and many others.
Notable recordings include those by Jean-Joël Barbier (BAM, 1967), Aldo Ciccolini (twice, for Angel in 1968 and EMI in 1987), Frank Glazer (Vox, 1968, reissued 1990), William
(RCA, 1969, reissued 1995), John McCabe (Saga, 1974, reissued by Decca, 1986), Yūji Takahashi (Denon, 1979), France Clidat (Forlane, 1980), Jean-Pierre Armengaud - two versions: piano only (Le Chant Du Monde, 1986), and with Claude Piéplu narrating (Mandala, 1996), Anne Queffélec (Virgin Classics, 1988), Yitkin Seow (Hyperion, 1989), João Paulo Santos (Selcor, 1991, reissued 1999), Gabriel Tacchino (Disques Pierre Verany, 1993), Michel Legrand (Erato, 1993), Klára Körmendi (Naxos, 1994), Bojan Gorišek (Audiophile Classics, 1994), Jean-Marc Luisada with Jeanne Moreau as narrator (Deutsche Grammophon, 1994), Olof Höjer (Swedish Society Discofil, 1996), Pascal Rogé (Decca, 1997), Peter Dickinson (Olympia, 2001), Eve Egoyan (CBC, 2002), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Decca, 2003), Håkon Austbø (Brilliant Classics, 2006), and Marielle Labèque (KML, 2009).
Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1979, he decided to perfect his skills in New York City studying at the Juilliard School with Jacob Lateiner and William
: in the meanwhile, he obtained the 1st Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. He also won several other International Piano Competitions (Maria Canals International Music Competition 2nd Prize in Barcelona, Marsala’s 2nd Prize, Vercelli’s 4th Prize, Epinal’s 4th Prize...). A dazzling career starts with new international awards: Grand Prize of the Charles Cros Academy with the violinist Raphael Oleg for their recording of Schumann’s Sonatas (1980), 3rd Prize and Special Prize of Contemporary Music at the Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition in Santander (1982), 1st Prize at the Ciudade do Porto International Piano Competition (1984).
Following his graduation from Putney, Young continued his studies at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music studying music, Russian, and philosophy. He attended Bennington College studying philosophy, French and Russian literature, and semiotics, and the Mannes College of Music where he studied as a student of Bruce Hungerford. He studied privately with Margarita Fyodorova at the Moscow Conservatory. Among his celebrated teachers were Constance Keene, Olga Barabini, Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Kyriena Siloti in New York; Jack Radunsky at Oberlin Conservatory; and Benjamin Kaplan in London. He coached privately with Claudio Arrau in Vermont; Nikita Magaloff and Ernst Levy in Switzerland; Anton Kuerti in Toronto; Shura Cherkassky, Abram Chasins, John Browning, Joseph Villa, William
, Vladimir Feltsman, Konrad Wolff, Eugene List and Garrick Ohlsson in New York; Jean-Michel Damase in Paris; and with Ekaterina Murina and Nathan Perelman in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Friedberg studied piano with James Kwast and with Clara Schumann at the Hoch Conservatory, Frankfurt. He became a teacher there (1893–1904) and later at the Cologne Conservatory (1904–1914). From 1923 until his retirement in 1946, Carl Friedberg was principal piano teacher at the New York Institute of Musical Art (the institution which later would become the Juilliard School of Music). His pupils include Gertrude Lightstone Mittelmann, William Browning, Malcolm Frager, Bruce Hungerford, Nina Simone, William
, and Elly Ney. Friedberg's career as a performer spanned over 60 years in both Europe and America. He made his official debut in 1892 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Mahler. This performance received a positive review from Edward Hanslick. In 1893 he had given an all-Brahms recital in the presence of the composer, who highly admired his playing and who later coached him in private on the performance of the majority of his piano works. As a chamber musician he replaced Artur Schnabel in the Schnabel-Flesch-Becker Trio in 1920 and played in that ensemble until 1932. Friedberg gave many recitals with Fritz Kreisler throughout America and in 1937 formed his own trio with Daniel Karpilowsky and Felix Salmond. Though widely known to disdain the sound of the recorded piano, Friedberg did, at age 81 (1953) record a single commercial LP for Zodiac Records (LPZ-1001), released in two editions (limited early release with pink cover and full, later release with piano graphic) Unreleased takes from this recording session were released 30 years later on IPAM1102 and 1103. Although Friedberg's repertory was wide, he became associated with the music of Beethoven, and especially of Schumann and Brahms.
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