Haas, Werner, German pianist; b. Stuttgart, March 3, 1931; d. in an automobile accident in Nancy, Oct. 11, 1976. He studied with Lili Kroebec-Asche at the Stuttgart Hochschule für Musik (1947–54) and in Gieseking’s master classes at the Saarbrücken Staatlichen Konservatoirum (1954–56). After making his public debut in Stuttgart in 1955, he toured widely in Europe. He was especially admired for his perceptive interpretations of Debussy and Ravel.
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