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Ferruccio Busoni (Composer)

Born: 1st April 1866, Empoli, Italy

Died: 27th July 1924, Berlin, Germany

Nationality: Italian

Ferruccio Busoni was an Italian composer, pianist, conductor, editor, writer, and teacher. His international career and reputation led him to work closely with many of the leading musicians, artists and literary figures of his time, and he was a sought-after keyboard instructor and a teacher of composition.

From an early age, Busoni was an outstanding if sometimes controversial pianist. He studied at the Vienna Conservatory and then with Wilhelm Mayer and Carl Reinecke. After brief periods teaching in Helsinki, Boston, and Moscow, he devoted himself to composing, teaching, and touring as a virtuoso pianist in Europe and the United States.

Further Reading: Busoni

 Recording of the Week, Peter Donohoe plays Busoni

The British pianist is a clear-eyed but infectiously enthusiastic guide through the Italian composer-pianist's weird and wonderful world, taking in the 7 Elegien, Sonatina super Carmen, and two Toccatas.

 Interview, Kirill Gerstein on Busoni

The pianist talks to Katherine about his recording of the Italian composer’s gargantuan Piano Concerto of 1904, released this week on Myrios with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo.

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