Anton Kuerti – “Anton & the Piano”

July 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

written by Victoria Warfield, July 13, 2012

 

Pianist, teacher, composer, concert organizer, artistic director, social activist

Pianist Anton Kuerti was born in Austria, grew up in the U.S., and has lived in Canada for the last 35 years. His teachers included Arthur Loesser, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and Rudolf Serkin. At the age of 11 he performed the Grieg Concerto with Arthur Fiedler, and he was still a student when he won the famous Leventritt Award.

Kuerti is one of today’s most recorded artists: compact discs of his performances include all the Beethoven concertos and sonatas, the Schubert sonatas, the Brahms concertos, and works by many other composers. These recordings air almost daily on the CBC.

My favourite memory of Anton is when we first started working together and he stopped a masterclass to de-construct the grand piano in front of us.  “How can you play it if you don’t know how it works?”