Rudolph Ganz

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born on 24/2/1877 in Zürich, ZH, Switzerland

died on 2/8/1972 in Chicago, IL, United States

Rudolph Ganz

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Rudolph Ganz (24 February 1877 Zurich 2 August 1972 Chicago)[1] was a Swiss-born American pianist, conductor, composer, and piano teacher in higher education.[2][3]

Career

Ganz was born in Zürich, Switzerland. Ganz studied music first as a cellist with Friedrich Hegar, then as a pianist with Robert Freund in Zürich. He also took composition lessons with Charles Blanchet at the Lausanne Conservatory (de). From 1897 to 1898, Ganz studied piano with F. Blumer in Strasbourg, and in 1899 took a course in advanced piano playing with Ferruccio Busoni in Berlin.

Ganz became head of piano studies at the Chicago Musical College in 1901. From 1921 to 1927 he was the conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and did much to raise it to the top rank of orchestras. While in St. Louis, he was initiated as an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity in 1924 at the University of Missouri. From 1928 he returned to teach at the Chicago Musical College, serving as its president from 1934 to 1958.

He died in Chicago.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16] He led the Omaha Symphony Orchestra from 1936 to 1941.[17]

Ganz was active in the promotion of new music throughout his career. In 1923 he received the Légion d'honneur of France for his introduction of the works of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel to American audiences, and in later years he performed and conducted pieces by Pierre Boulez, John Cage and Arthur Honegger. Ravel, in a letter to Ganz, thanked him for his performances of Ravel's work, and dedicated "Scarbo" the third part of his composition Gaspard de la Nuit to him in gratitude.[18]

His pupils included Marion Edna Hall (1910-2012), who taught for many years at the University of Indiana's Jacobs School of Music, Abby Whiteside, Mollie Margolies (1890-1976), Evelyn Hora, Gena Branscombe, Joseph Bloch, Beatrice Sharp Karan (1918-1909),[19] Adrian Lerner Newman Goldman and Vera Bradford.[20]

Family

Ganz claimed to be a direct descendent of Charlemagne.[21]

References

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External links

  • Rudolph Ganz at All Music Guide
  • Free scores by Rudolph Ganz in the International Music Score Library Project
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