Biography

Dr. Alfred O. Kanwischer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University, where he was a member of the distinguished piano faculty for eleven years. He is currently Professor Emeritus at San José State University’s School of Music in California.

He has given lectures, lecture-recitals, master classes, and undergraduate and graduate seminars at Boston University, Harvard University, the Berkshire Music Festival, the Tanglewood Festival, Sunriver Music Festival in Oregon, the College Music Society, and the American Beethoven Society. He ran the Peabody Piano Seminars at Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee, and the John Ringling Festival Concerts in Sarasota, Florida.

His scholarly articles, focusing especially on Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, have appeared in the American Music Teacher; the Music Teachers’ Association journals in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Tennessee, and California; in the journal of the American Liszt Society; and the Beethoven Journal. These include analyses of Beethoven’s Op. 2/1, Op. 53, and Op. 110, and a study of Beethoven’s Erard piano.

Dr. Kanwischer has concertized throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, including Lincoln Center, New York; Jordan Hall, Boston; Herbst Theatre, San Francisco; Wigmore Hall, London; the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; and de Doolen, Rotterdam. Broadcasts include the BBC, London; WBUR, Boston; WQXR, New York; KPFA, Berkeley; and WGBH, Boston, among others. Both as a soloist and as a duo-pianist together with his wife, Heidi, Dr. Kanwischer was with Albert Kay Concert Artists Management, New York, for twenty-five years. He has recorded for Orion and United Sound.

A student of the renowned Dutch pianist Egon Petri, Dr. Kanwischer is highly regarded as a master teacher of music history, theory, and performance. His students have gone on to study at the Juillard School of Music, Indiana University, and Curtis Institute, among other distinguished institutions, and become teachers, professors, and performers throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia. Although he now resides near his daughter and son-in-law in North Carolina, students still come to him from all parts of the U.S. for coaching. With an occasional concert or lecture on his schedule, he currently devotes most of his time to writing.

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