Josef Proksch or Joseph Proksch (4 August 1794, Liberec – 20 December 1864, Prague) was a Czech pianist and composer of German descent. His daughter, Marie Proksch, was also a well-known pianist and composer.
Proksch, who became blind at the age of 13, was a pupil of Jan Antonín Koželuh. In 1830, Proksch opened the Musikbildungsanstalt (Music Academy) in Prague. His teaching method of having several students play simultaneously during piano lessons was continued for over a hundred years. His most famous student was Bedřich Smetana, whom Prosch taught piano and music theory from 1843 to 1847.
Besides pedagogical works for piano, Proksch wrote a concerto for three pianos, piano sonatas, masses, and cantatas, and adapted numerous orchestral works to four to eight pianos for use in his lessons.
- Versuch einer rationellen Lehrmethode im Pianoforte-Spiel – 50 volumes, pedagogical work (1841–1864)
- Die Kunst des Ensembles im Pianoforte-Spiel – 7 volumes, pedagogical work (1859)
- Tyrrell, John (2001). New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, vol. 20 (2nd ed.). London: Macmillan Publishers Limited. p. 423. ISBN 1-56159-239-0.
- Černušák, Gracián; Štědroň, Bohumír; Nováček, Zdenko, eds. (1963). Československý hudební slovník II. M-Ž (in Czech). Prague: Státní hudební vydavatelství. pp. 376–377.
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