Joseffy, Rafael


Celebrated Hungarian pianist, pupil of Liszt, noted for playing Brahms, soloist for 1891 inaugural concerts of Chicago Symphony



Condition: Very good, corners clipped
Description: (1852-1915) Hungarian-Jewish pianist, teacher and composer, began studying piano at 8 in Budapest with Friedrich Brauer, teacher of Stephen Heller. In 1866 he went to Leipzig and studied with Moscheles and Wenzel. In 1868 he became a pupil of Carl Tausig in Berlin, remaining with him for 2 years. Later he spent 2 summers with Liszt in Weimar. He debuted in Berlin in 1872, immediately acclaimed as a master pianist of great brilliance. He moved to New York in 1879 and made his US debut with an orchestra under Leopold Damrosch, soon after playing with the New York Philharmonic and touring with Theodore Thomas and the Theodore Thomas Orchestra. He was soloist for the inaugural concerts of the Chicago Symphony on Oct. 16 & 17, 1891, performing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto under Thomas’ baton at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. He produced numerous popular compositions for the piano as well as editing Chopin’s works and other composers’ for G. Schirmer music publishers. Later in life he retired from performing and turned to teaching, taught at National Conservatory 1888-1906. Gained a virtuoso reputation as an interpreter of Brahms. While in New York, he spent his summers in Tarrytown.

Autograph Sentiment  (“Sincerely Yours”) Signed on a 2 ¾ x 3 ¾ slip, Tarrytown, NY, March 1896.

Type: Autograph Sentiment Signed

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