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Harry Neuhaus

Harry Neuhaus

Harry Neuhaus

*12 IV 1888 Elisavetgrad, †10 X 1964 Moskwa

Henryk (Heinrich, Harry) Gustawowicz Neuhaus, Russian pianist and pedagogue. He began playing the piano with his cousin Karol Szymanowski, and he continued studies with uncle Felix Blumenfeld. In 1902 he made his debut in Elizawetgrad in 1904 in Germany. Since 1906 he studied in Berlin with K. H. Barth and L. Godowski, with whome he continued his studies between 1912 and 1914 in Vienna. In 1915 he finished the Conservatory in Petersburg.

He was one of the most valued Russian pianists of the first half of the XXth century, the first interpreter of the piano works of Karol Szymanowski, Prokofiev, Szostakowicz. He was also highly valued for his interpretations of the music of Beethoven and Chopin.   

He made many recordings, among which the most valuable are recording of the works of Beethoven, Skriabin and Prokofiew. He recorded Chopin's Piano Concerto in E minor, Sonata in B minor, Polonaise-Fantasy and Rondo Op. 16, selected mazurkas and nocturnes.

In 1914 he began his pedagogical career in Elizawetgrad, between 1916 and 1918 he was a teacher at the Conservatory in Tyflis and between 1918 and 1922 in Kiev. Later between 1922 and 1964 he run the piano class at the Moscow Conservatory. Among his students there were: Ś. Richter, E. Gilels, J. Zak, J. Malinin, R. Bakst, W. Gornostajewa, J. Mogilewski, A. Ginsburg, R. Lupu, W. Krajniew, L. Naumow.

He was twice a member of the jury of the Chopin Piano Competition: in 1937 and 1960.


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