Foss, Lukas (ON HOLD)


German-born composer, conductor and pianist, called “an authentic genius” by Leonard Bernstein


Autograph ID: 6677
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1922-2009) German-American (US citizen 1942) composer, pianist, and conductor.

Child prodigy born Lukas Fuchs, began piano and theory lessons at 6, moved with his family to Paris in 1933, where he studied piano, composition, orchestration, and flute. In 1937 his family emigrated to the US, where his father changed the family name to Foss. He studied at the Curtis institute in Philadelphia where Fritz Reiner taught him conducting. At Curtis, Foss began a lifelong friendship with classmate Leonard Bernstein who later described Foss as an “authentic genius.”

In 1961 Bernstein conducted the premiere of Foss’s “Time Cycle”, while Foss would conduct the premiere of Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story”. Foss also studied with Serge Koussevitzky the summers from 1939-43 at what is now the Tanglewood Music Center, and, as a special student, composition with Paul Hindemith at Yale 1939-40. Foss was appointed UCLA professor of music in 1953, replacing Arnold Schoenberg. While there he founded the Improvisation Chamber Ensemble which made its Boston debut in 1962.

He founded the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts in 1963 while at SUNY Buffalo. Foss was music director of the Ojai Music Festival 6 different years from 1961-87, and Buffalo Philharmonic music director 1963-70. He was music director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic (formerly Brooklyn Philharmonia), and conducted the Milwaukee Symphony 1981-86. He was a professor of music, theory, and composition at Boston University. In 2000 he was awarded a Gold Medal by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He composed the cantata “The Prairie” 1944, and wrote operas “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” 1950, and “Griffelkin” 1955 (for TV).

Inscribed signed light pink 4 ½ x 6 autograph album leaf”
Type: Signed Album Page

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