Neuhaus, Heinrich (Gustavovich)

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Neuhaus, Heinrich (Gustavovich)

Neuhaus, Heinrich (Gustavovich), eminent Russian pianist and pedagogue; b. Elizavetgrad, April 12, 1888; d. Moscow, Oct. 10, 1964. He studied piano with his father, Gustav Neuhaus (1847–1938); other musical members of his family were his uncle, Felix Blumenfeld, and his first cousin, Karol Szymanowski . Neuhaus began giving concerts at the age of 9; he made a concert tour in Germany in 1904, then studied composition with Paul Juon in Berlin; from 1912 to 1914 he took piano lessons with Leopold Godowsky in Vienna. Returning to Russia, he taught piano at the Kiev Cons. (1918–22); then was a prof. from 1922 to his death at the Moscow Cons. Among his outstanding students were Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, Yakov Zak, and Radu Lupu. He excelled as an interpreter of the Romantic and 20th-century Russian repertory. He pubi. Ob iskusstve fortepiannoy igr’i (The Art of Piano Playing; Moscow, 1958; 3rd ed., 1967; Eng. tr., London, 1973).


V. Delson, H. N.(Moscow, 1966).

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