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Anton Kuerti Biography, Career, Honors, Songs and Family

Anton Kuerti Biography

Anton Kuerti, is an Austrian-born Canadian pianist, music teacher, composer, and conductor,born in July 21, 1938. He has developed international recognition as a solo pianist, particularly focusing on the works of Beethoven. Kuerti was born in Vienna, Austria. Anton immigrated to the United States as a child and studied piano under Edward Goldman. Kuerti performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Boston Pops Orchestra at age eleven. He studied music at the Longy School of Music, at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree, and at the Curtis Institute. At the age of 16, he also studied at The Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, with Henry Cowell; he later wrote an article, “Henry Cowell: Enfant Terrible of American Music”, for the fall 1995 issue of Queen’s Quarterly.

Kuerti has received nine honourary degrees: PhD (hon) York University 1985; Laurentian University 1985; Cleveland Institute of Music 1996; Memorial University 2001; Dalhousie University 2002; McGill University 2004; Wilfrid Laurier University 2005; The University of Western Ontario 2007; Brandon University 2012.  In 1980, he founded the Festival of the Sound, a classical music festival in Parry Sound, Ontario.

Anton Kuerti Career

Kuerti moved to Canada in 1965 and later joined the music faculty at the University of Toronto. One of his pupils at the university was pianist Jane Coop.He has toured extensively as a solo performer, performing in 150 communities throughout Canada and with every professional Canadian orchestra and many in the USA and elsewhere. He has also recorded many albums. His recordings include all the Beethoven concertos and sonatas, the Schubert sonatas, the Brahms concertos, and works by many other composers. He won the 1976 Juno Award for best classical recording for his album The Beethoven Sonatas, Volumes 1, 2 and 3, and has been nominated 7 times.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998. In the year 2007 he was appointed to the special one-year Schulich Professorship Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal as visiting professor. In 2008 Kuerti received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts. Kuerti is the artistic director emeritus of Mooredale Concerts, and of the Mooredale Youth Orchestras, a small Toronto-based set of three orchestras for children and teen-agers founded by his late wife, cellist Kristine Bogyo.

In the year 2002, Kuerti directed The Czerny Music Festival in Edmonton, to showcase the work of Austrian composer Carl Czerny (1791-1857). The festival featured symphonies, masses, string quartets and quintets, works for piano and strings, songs and miscellaneous chamber works, composed by Czerny.On October 17, the year 2013, Kuerti was overcome by a stroke while playing a concert in Miami. He continues to recover.

Anton Kuerti Honours

In the year 2016, he was made a member of the Order of Ontario. Kuerti has also received National Music League Award 1956; Philadelphia Orchestra Youth Prize, 1957; Leventritt Award 1957; Toronto Arts Award, 1997; Opus Award, Quebec 1998; The Banff Centre National Arts Award 2007; Schumann Prize of the Schumann Gesellschaft, Germany 2007; Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012.

Anton Kuerti Family

He has a son by the name Julian Kuerti.