Bos, Coenraad Valentyn

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Bos, Coenraad Valentyn

Bos, Coenraad Valentyn, Dutch pianist and pedagogue; b. Leiden, Dec. 7, 1875; d. Chappaqua, N.Y., Aug. 5, 1955. He was a pupil of Julius Rontgen at the Amsterdam Cons. (1892–95), and later studied in Berlin. With Jan van Veen (violin) and Jan van Lier (cello), he formed a trio in Berlin that enjoyed an enviable reputation during its active period (1896–1910). His masterly accompaniments on a tour with Ludwig Wüllner attracted more than ordinary attention, and made him one of the most celebrated accompanists both in Europe and in the U.S., where he eventually settled. He was the accompanist of Culp, Hempel, Traubel, Kreisler, Schumann-Heink, Casals, Gerhard, Thibaud, Farrar, and many others. He taught at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. from 1934 to 1952. In collaboration with Ashley Pettis, he publ. The Well-Tempered Accompanist (1949).

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