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Beringer, Oscar

Beringer, Oscar

Beringer, Oscar, German-born English pianist and pedagogue; b. Furtwangen, Baden, July 14, 1844; d. London, Feb. 21, 1922. His father, a political refugee, settled in London in 1849. Oscar Beringer received his rudimentary education at home, then enrolled in the Leipzig Cons., where he studied with Plaidy, Moscheles, and Reinecke (1864–66); he further studied in Berlin with Tausig. In 1869 became a prof. at Tausig’s Schule des Hoheren Klavierspiels. He returned to London in 1871, and in 1873 established there an Academy for the Higher Development of Pianoforte Playing, organized on the model of Tausig’s Berlin school. From 1885 he was also a prof. at the Royal Academy of Music. He was a pianist of great perfection of method; his book of technical exercises is valuable for students. Among his publ. compositions are a Piano Concerto, 2 piano sonatinas, various minor piano pieces, and songs. He also publ. Fifty Years’ Experience of Pianoforte Teaching aná-Playing (1907).

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