Edmund Neupert

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Edmund Neupert.

(Carl Fredrik) Edmund Neupert (1 April 1842 – 22 June 1888) was a Norwegian pianist and composer. Neupert was born in Christiana (now called Oslo).[1] His father was a descendant of a German family belonging to the nobility, who had emigrated when young to Xania in Norway.[2]

He was a teacher at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin from 1866-1868. He then moved to Copenhagen, where he held a position at the city's conservatory for two years. In 1881 he traveled to Moscow, and in 1882 he moved to Christiania, where he taught at a piano school for children. In 1883 he stayed in New York. Neupert was regarded as an outstanding pianist and piano pedagogue, often compared to Franz Liszt.

He was now best remembered as the soloist at the world premiere of Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor. This occurred on 3 April 1869 in the Casino Concert Hall in Copenhagen, with the Royal Danish Orchestra conducted by Holger Simon Paulli. The piano used for the performance was lent for the occasion by Anton Rubinstein, who attended the concert. Grieg himself was not present, due to commitments back home in Norway.[3] Neupert was also the dedicatee of the second edition of the concerto (Rikard Nordraak was the original dedicatee), and was said to have actually composed the cadenza in the first movement.[4]

Among Neupert's compositions, the 24 Concert-Etüden and the 24 Octav-Etüden are especially highly regarded.


Neupert was married to Hilda Bergh and the couple had one son Robert Isidor Neupert. [1]


  1. ^ a b [1]
  2. ^ Bomberger, E. Douglas, (1999) Brainard's Biographies of American Musicians, Greenwood, ISBN 978-0313307829, pp.203-205
  3. ^ Grieg and the Danish connection
  4. ^ James Huneker, Steeplejack, Part III, New York 1877-1917

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