Konrad Wolff

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Konrad Wolff (March 11, 1907 – October 23, 1989) was a German pianist and musicologist.

He was born in Berlin, Germany, on March 11, 1907.[1] From 1925 to 1930, he studied at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Berlin.[2] He received his Doctor of Law degree at the University of Berlin, and forged lifelong friendships with classmates Stephan Kuttner and Hsu Dau-lin. He studied piano under Josef Lomba, who had been a student of Franz Liszt, as well as under Bruno Elsner, and the Austrian pianist Artur Schnabel.[1][2][3] In France, he studied at the Sorbonne in Paris (1934–1935), and met and married the photographer Ilse Bing. Together they moved to the United States in 1941.[1] Although he performed as a concert pianist and in chamber music groups, he devoted himself to teaching and research. He was a faculty member at Westchester Conservatory (1949–54), Drew University, NJ (1952–62), and Peabody Conservatory (1963–74), as well as teaching at Smith College and Montclair State University (NJ).[1][2] In 1972, his major work on Artur Schnabel was published, "Schnabel's Interpretation of Piano Music." In 1983, he published his second book, "Masters of the Keyboard." He died in Cologne, Germany, where he had travelled to lecture and perform, on October 23, 1989.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Konrad Wolff, Pianist And Author, Dies at 82". The New York Times. 26 Oct 1989. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Konrad Wolff Collection". International Piano Archives at Maryland. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Wolff, Konrad. 1983. Masters of the Keyboard: Individual Style Elements in the Piano Music of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and Brahms. Indiana University Press, Bloomington. preface

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