Jacob Lateiner

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Jacob Lateiner, (May 31, 1928 – December 12, 2010) was a Cuban-American pianist. He was actually born on March 31, 1928, but his father did not get around to registering his birth until May 31 the same year. He was the brother of violinist Isidor Lateiner.

The pianist Jacob Lateiner studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Isabelle Vengerova.[1] He showed what turned out to be a lifelong interest in chamber music, studying with the violist William Primrose and the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. He also studied privately with Arnold Schoenberg in 1950, and subsequently collected Schoenbergiana since that period. His notable students include Danae Kara, Michael Endres, Bruce Brubaker, Lowell Liebermann, Robert Taub, Laura Karpman, Ernest So, and Jarred Dunn (Lateiner's last student). See: List of music students by teacher: K to M#Jacob Lateiner.

Performing and recording career[edit]

As a soloist, Lateiner appeared with many of the world's leading conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Serge Koussevitzky, Erich Leinsdorf, Zubin Mehta, Georg Solti and George Szell. He was a champion of contemporary American music, and commissioned, premiered and recorded Elliott Carter's piano concerto. The premiere took place at Symphony Hall, Boston, on January 6, 1967, with Lateiner as soloist accompanied by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with Erich Leinsdorf conducting. He also premiered the third piano sonata of Roger Sessions.

As a chamber musician, Lateiner's name is associated with those of Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky, with whom he shared a Grammy Award for their recording of Beethoven, and that of the Amadeus Quartet.

He taught at the Juilliard School, New York, from 1966 until his death, and had a concurrent appointment on the piano faculty of the Mannes College The New School for Music, since 1994.

His career was marked by an interest in historical performance research. In 1992, he published an article on 'An Interpreter's Approach to Mozart' in the journal Early Music. He also collected early editions of classical music.

Mr. Lateiner died Sunday, December 12, 2010 in a New York City hospital.

A two-disc set of his live performances, The Lost Art of Jacob Lateiner, has been published by Parnassus Records.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Fox, Margalit, "Jacob Lateiner, Pianist and Scholar, Dies at 82", The New York Times, December 14, 2010
  2. ^ Parnassus Records website