|Born||Friedrich von Statzer
|Died||June 17, 1974|
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Istanbul, Turkey|
|Occupation||Music teacher, composer, conductor, classical pianist|
|Awards||Honorary Prof. (1972), Austrian State|
Ferdi Statzer (1906-June 17, 1974), née Friedrich von Statzer, was an eminent Austrian pedagogue, pianist, conductor and composer. A native Viennese, his musical career transplanted him to Turkey, where he became an influential teacher to a generation of pianists.
Statzer was born in Vienna, Austria in 1906, to a father of Hungarian-Polish origin and a mother of Austrian descent. Following initial piano lessons with his mother, Statzer entered Mozarteum University of Salzburg, where his teachers included Emil von Sauer and Friedrich Wührer.
Career in Turkey
In 1932, Statzer met Turkish composer Hasan Ferit Alnar, who invited him to Turkey. Through the good offices of Alnar, Statzer joined the Istanbul Municipal Conservatory (now Istanbul University State Conservatory) as a faculty member and was employed by the İstanbul Şehir Tiyatroları (Istanbul State Theaters) as a composer and a pianist.
Statzer taught for many years at the Conservatory, establishing a distinct and influential school of pianism. Some of his pupils went on to successful concert or other significant music careers; these include Şahan Arzruni, Ali Darmar, Verda Erman, Betin Güneş, Meral Güneyman, Sirvart Kalpakyan Karamanuk, Arın Karamürsel, Ayşegül Sarıca, Ergican Saydam and Gülay Uğurata.
In 1972, the Austrian government bestowed Statzer with the honorary title of "Professor".
In 1933, Statzer married the Turkish actress Bedia Muvahhit. Following their divorce, he married again in 1952, this time to Hungarian violinist Lilly Szekely, leader of the then touring women’s music ensemble "Pogány".
In 1944, Statzer became a Turkish citizen, and later converted to Islam.
- Cumhuriyet. Prof. Statzer toprağa veriliyor. July 2, 1974
- tr:İstanbul Şehir Tiyatroları
- tr:Verda Erman
- tr:Ayşegül Sarıca
- tr:Gülay Uğurata
- Akkent, Meral. "Bedia Muvahhit" (in Turkish). İstanbul Kadın Müzesi. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
- Cumhuriyet.Ferdi Statzer toprağa verildi. July 3, 1974