Peter Diamand

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Peter Diamand
Prins Claus en Jan Blokker tijdens overhandiging Holland-festival jubileumboek a, Bestanddeelnr 933-9718.jpg
Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Jan Blokker & Peter Diamand in 1987
Born(1913-06-08)8 June 1913
Died16 January 1998(1998-01-16) (aged 84)
OccupationArtistic Director

Peter Diamand, CBE (8 June 1913 – 16 January 1998) was an arts administrator and director of the Edinburgh International Festival from 1965 to 1978.[1]

Diamand was born in Berlin on 8 June 1913, and educated there, but held Austrian nationality.[1] In the early 1930s, being Jewish,[2] he fled to Amsterdam to escape Nazism.[1] While there, he worked as secretary to pianist Artur Schnabel.[1]

Diamand spent some time in a Dutch concentration camp before escaping. He and his mother needed to hide from the Nazis, in attics and other cramped places, with inadequate food.[3] Schnabel's last student, pianist Maria Curcio, looked after them, at great risk and high cost to her own health and career.[2] In 1947, they married.[1] They divorced in 1971. He subsequently married American violinist, Sylvia Rosenberg.

He appeared as a castaway on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 15 August 1966,[4] and was made an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1972.[1]

He was also Artistic advisor for the Orchestre de Paris between 1976 and 98.[1] He was made Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in February 1996.[5]

Diamand died on 16 January 1998, in Amsterdam.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Demarco, Richard (21 January 1998). "Obituary: Peter Diamand - Obituaries - News - The Independent". The Independent. Archived from the original on 25 May 2022. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b The Guardian, 14 April 2009
  3. ^ Times Online, 25 April 2009
  4. ^ "Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Peter Diamand". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  5. ^ Archives of the order des Arts et des Lettres.