EDWARD AUER, Pianist
Edward Auer has long been recognized as a leading interpreter of the works of Chopin. As the first American to win a prize in the prestigious International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1965, he has returned to Poland for well over 20 concert tours, and will play again in Warsaw this November.
Mr. Auer has launched the ambitious project of recording most of his vast Chopin repertoire. Timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth in 1810, the series will include the Concertos, the Sonatas, two volumes of Mazurkas and Polonaises, and many other works. Chopin Nocturnes and Scherzos Volumes I and II have already appeared, and the Sonatas will be coming out soon. Long-respected pianist and critic Harris Goldsmith says of the first Nocturnes recording “Auer has a knack of surpassing the listener’s expectations by way of all sorts of felicitous turns of phrase and tempo, but thankfully the details of his irrepressible individuality are never permitted to break the long line of these diversified tone poems.”
Born in New York in 1941, Edward Auer grew up in Los Angeles, studying piano with Aube Tzerko, a Schnabel protégé, and composition with Leonard Stein, a student of Arnold Schoenberg. A precocious chamber musician and the son of an accomplished amateur violist, he was playing the Mozart piano quartets and the Schumann quintet with his father and his friends at the ripe old age of eight. Already well known in the Los Angeles area in his early teens, he was winning competitions and appearing in concerts there, both as soloist and in chamber music.
After studies with Rosina Lhévinne at the Juilliard School (with full scholarship) he went to Paris on a Fulbright Study Grant to work with Julius Katchen. During his Paris stay he won the Grand Prix in the Concours Marguérite Long. He also holds prizes in the Tchaikovsky, Queen Elisabeth and Vienna Beethoven Competitions. Now, years later, these and other contests regularly invite him to serve on their juries.
In addition to his full-time teaching commitment at Indiana University, Auer continues to pursue a strenuous schedule of performing and recording. He has played solo recitals and concertos in well over 30 countries on five continents, collaborating with such eminent conductors as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Herbert Blomstedt, Sergiu Comissiona, Robert Shaw, and Charles Dutoit.
Auer’s musical penetration, expression and spiritual power have continued to deepen dramatically in recent years. He now stands at the apex of his artistic development, his interpretations constantly astonishing and deeply moving his audiences.