Auer, Edward, American pianist and teacher; b. N.Y., Dec. 7, 1941. He was a student of Aube Tzerko in Los Angeles (1952–60) before pursuing training at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (1961-62; 1963-66), where he studied with Rosina Lhévinne. He completed his studies in Paris on a Fulbright grant (1966–68). In 1965 he took 2nd prize in the Beethoven Competition and 5th prize in the Chopin Competition, and in 1966 5th prize in the Tchaikovsky Competition. He captured 1st prize in the Long-Thibaud Competition in 1967, and 7th prize in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition in 1968. Auer appeared as a soloist with various U.S. orchs., among them the Los Angeles Phil., the Atlanta Sym. Orch., the Baltimore Sym. Orch., and the Detroit Sym. Orch., as well as with orchs. in Europe and Japan. In addition to his recital engagements at home and abroad, he played in the Seraphim Trio with Sidney Harth and Yehuda Hanani. From 1976 to 1980 he taught at the Univ. of Calif, at Los Angeles. In 1983 he joined the faculty of the Ind. Univ. School of Music in Bloomington. Auer has won admiration for his performances of Beethoven, Schubert, and Chopin.
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