Legendary pianist Walter Hautzig has chosen a wide-ranging selection of Chopin's best. Mr. Hautzig has had a very long relationship with this music and the result is an intimate portrait of the composer and his interpreter.
12 Tracks – Total Time: 67:57
Legendary pianist Walter Hautzig has chosen a wide-ranging selection of some of the works of one of the greatest composers for the piano Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849). Mr. Hautzig has had a very long relationship with this music and the result is an intimate portrait of the composer and his interpreter.
Walter Hautzig passed away on January 30, 2017. You can find more about him here.
Complete Album Notes
Walter Hautzig – Pianist – September 28, 1921 - January 30, 2017
Walter Hautzig began his musical studies in Vienna, where he was born in 1921. He was able to escape the Nazi take over of Austria in 1938 through the efforts of violinist Emile Hauser, and so continued his studies at the Jerusalem Conservatory in what was then Palestine. He has made his home in New York City since the 1940’s when he graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
While at the Curtis Institute, Mr. Hautzig studied with Mieczyslaw Munz, a student of Busoni. He also studied privately with acclaimed pianist Artur Schnabel.
He has played countless recitals in more than fifty countries worldwide and has appeared with leading orchestras in cities from A to Z including: Auckland, Baltimore, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Mexico City, Melbourne, New York, St. Louis, Zurich, etc. He was the first American concert artist to perform in China with the normalization of relations in 1979.
At the time of his death, Mr. Haitzig was considered one of the last great romantic pianists. In addition, Mr. Hautzig currently holds the record as the longest time as a Steinway artist.
Several years ago, Mr. Hautzig published his autobiography entitled "Playing Around…The World: A Pianist Remembers". It is available from Amazon.