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Edward Auer

Edward Auer

Edward Auer

*7 XII 1941 Nowy Jork

Edward Auer – 5th Prize winner, 7th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1965). Edward Auer began learning piano at the age of six years with Aube Tzerko in Los Angeles. He also took theory and composition classes with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and L. Stein. At the age of 15, he was awarded 1st Prize at the Young Artists Competition organized by the Occidental College in California. He completed his studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with Rosina Lhévinne and with Julius Katchen in Paris.

Mr. Auer won awards at several international piano competitions: the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (5th Prize, 1965), Beethoven Competition in Vienna (2nd Prize, 1965), Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (5th Prize ex aequo with James Dick, 1966), Long-Thibaud Competition Paris (1st Prize, 1967) and Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels (7th Prize, 1968)

Mr. Auer made his public debut in 1964 in New York, at a Young Talents concert. A year later he gave a recital at the Metropolitan Museum. During the 1965–1966 season he made his first tour of the US and Canada, playing concerts with the National Symphony in Washington and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 1966 he made his Carnegie Hall debut, performing Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor with the New York Symphony Orchestra.

During the 1970s and '80s, Mr. Auer worked with the renowned Sol Hurok agency and played numerous concerts in various countries. He appeared over twenty times in Poland alone, performing in most cities of Chopin's homeland. In Warsaw he played piano concertos by Chopin, Schumann and Beethoven, recitals at the National Philharmonic and the Chopin Society. On 25th January 1972 at the National Philharmonic he performed Mozart's Sonata in A minor KV310, Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, and Rachmaninov's complete Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39. Encores included Chopin's Ballade in F minor and Beethoven's Bagatelle.

Mr. Auer has also performed chamber music and has been a Professor of piano at the Indiana University for many years.

Mr. Auer served in the juries of the Chopin Competitions in Warsaw (1985,2000) and the Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris.

Stanisław Dybowski


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